The Wolf Intelligencer

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Vancouver Island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon)

Vancouver Island Wolf (Canis lupus crassodon) – (Hall 1932)

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Physical description:
weight – 20 to 60 lbs (10 – 28kg)
height – 26 to 32 in (66 – 81 cm)
length – 4 to 5 feet
coat/color – lighter color mixes of grey, brown, and black, and pure white

Original range – Vancouver Island, Canada
Current range –Vancouver Island, Canada (Uninhabited northern coastal portions of the island, and as well on the west coast, Port Renfrew. Sightings occur coasts of Vargas Island and Meares Island in Clayoquot sound, Cape Scott Provincial Park)

Habitat / Ecology / Prey:
Habitat – coastal. tenperate forest
Ecology –
Prey – Vancouver Island marmot (Marmota vancouverensis), Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), the Roosevelt elk (Cervis canadensis roosevelti), eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Unique behaviors:
The Vancouver Island Wolf has a high living density, up to 14 animals per km2.

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Further Reading

Journal / Scientific Publications:

The Vancouver Island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon): an initial study of food habits and social organization; BMV Scott – 1979 –

Food habits of two Vancouver Island wolf packs: a preliminary study; BMV Scott, DM Shackleton – Canadian Journal of Zoology, 1980 – NRC Research Press


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