The wolf species that still live in the United States

The gray wolf, the red wolf, the eastern wolf and the Mexican wolf

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The wolf species that still live in the United States
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The United States of America is home to several wolf species, each with its own characteristics and geographic distribution. These majestic predators have been the subject of interest and study by scientists for many years.

In this article, we will explore the types of wolves that live in the United States. The gray wolf is the most common wolf species in the United States. It is found primarily in northern Alaska, the northwestern United States, Minnesota, and Michigan.

It is the largest member of the canid family and can reach considerable sizes, with some individuals exceeding 45 kg in weight. Its coat can range from gray to black and has adaptations to survive the harsh winters in the Arctic.

The red wolf, also known as the Mexican wolf, is a species native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is smaller than the gray wolf, with dimensions similar to those of a large dog. Its coat varies from gray to reddish-brown, which is where its common name comes from.

However, unfortunately, it is a species in critical danger of extinction, with a restricted distribution area.

The wolf species that still live in the United States

The eastern wolf, also known as the Quebec wolf, is a species that lives in eastern Canada and the Great Lakes region of the United States.

In the past, it was common throughout much of the northeastern region of the United States, but was massively hunted to near extinction in the 20th century. It is smaller than the gray wolf and has a grey-black coat with shades of brown. The Mexican wolf, often called the “lobo,” is a medium-sized species of wolf.

It lives in the mountains and plateaus of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, such as Arizona and New Mexico. It is a critically endangered species, with only around 150 individuals left in the wild. Its coat is generally gray, although it can have shades of brown and black.

These are just some of the types of wolves that live in the United States. Each species plays a vital role in the ecosystems in which it lives, maintaining the balance between predators and prey. Despite some of the challenges these species face, there are ongoing efforts to conserve and protect wolves in many American states. We hope that these wonderful creatures continue to thrive in the wilds of the United States of America.