Grey Wolves Essay

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Done for a basic research paper on wolves. Excellent ReportANIMALIA VERTEBRATA MAMMALIA CARNIVORA CANIDAE CANIS LUPUSANDANIMALIA VERTEBRATA MAMMALIA CARNIVORA CANIDAE CANIS NIGERIntroduction:Any person who has been able to catch a glimpse of anytype of wolf is indeed a lucky man. The wolf is one of theearth's most cowardly and fearful animals, and it is so sly and,pardon the expression, foxy, that it is almost a waste of timeto try and catch him in any kind of trap.Although he can be cowardly and fearful, he can also beone the most vicious and blood-thirsty of all animals. Often,they simply kill as much prey as is possible, regardless ofhunger and appetite. This is done by 'hamstringing' their prey.This leaves them helpless and unable to move. Then the wolfpack can eat and tear him apart at their own will. Althoughsavage and bloodthirsty, wolves are among some of the world'ssmartest and most perceptive mammals.Where found:Wolves are found all over the world, and on almost everymajor continent of the earth. The following wolves are types ofGray Wolves (Canis lupus).In eastern Europe the European Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) canbe found even though it used to roam most of western Europe aswell. In Spain, two wolves have also been identified-Canis lupusdeitanus and Canis lupus signatus. While the first is similar tomany of the other European wolves, the latter may be moreclosely related to the jackal (Canis aureus), than to a wolf.The Caucasion Wolf (Canis lupus cubanensis) is found in manyparts of eastern Europe and western Asia. The large tundrawolf of eastern Asia, the Tundra or Turukhan Wolf (Canis lupusalbus), is very close in relations to the wolves of northernAlaska.In the Arctic Islands and Greenland the Melville Island Wolf(Canis lupus arctos), the Banks Island Wolf (Canis lupus bernardi),the Baffin Island Wolf (Canis lupus manningi), and the Greenlandwolf (Canis lupus orion), are all found.Wolves of the Continental Tundra and Newfoundland includethe Alaska Tundra Wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum), the InteriorAlaska Wolf (Canis lupus pambasileur), the Kenai Peninsula Wolf(Canis lupus alces), the Mackenzie Tundra Wolf (Canis lupusmackenzii), the Mackenzie Valley Wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis),the Hudson Bay Wolf (Canis lupus hudsonicus), the Labrador Wolf(Canis lupus labradorius), and the Newfoundland Wolf (Canis lupusbeothicus). However, the Newfoundland wolf has seemed to becomeextinct. This is strange because there is no evidence of thembeing intensely hunted by man, of extreme habitat changes, or oflack of food and yet in the early 1900s they became extinct.The wolves of the Western Mountains and Coast of NorthAmerica include the British Columbia Wolf (Canis lupuscolombianus), the Alexander Archipelago Wolf (Canis lupus ligoni),the Vancouver Island Wolf (Canis lupus crassodon), the CascadeMountain Wolf (Canis lupus fuscus), the Northern Rocky MountainWolf (Canis lupus irremotus), the Southern Rocky Mountain Wolf(Canis lupus youngi), and the...

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