Wolves: Their Life Nowadays

Wolf (Canis lupus) is a kind of mammals from the dog family (Canidae). As well as coyote and jackal wolves made up a small dog family – Canis. What is more the investigation upon DNA sequence and transmission has shown that they are the direct ancestors of the domestic dogs, which are usually depicted as their subspecies – Canis lupus familiaris.

Wolves: Their Life Nowadays

Wolf is one of the largest animals in its family: body length (without tail) can reach 63 inches, the tail itself may be 20 inches in average, height is about 35 inches, and weight in some cases can be 176 lbs.

Wolves: Their Life Nowadays

In past wolves were widely spread in Europe, Asia and Northern America. Nowadays their habitat and general population shrank essentially mainly because of human activity: changes in landscape, total urbanization, hunting and general extermination. In many world regions wolves are in vulnerable or nearly extinct situation, though in Northern territories the population of wolves seems to be normal or even stable. Despite the fact that their population decreases rapidly nowadays, people still hunt them for entertaining reasons or to protect home, domestic animals and cattle from possible attack of aggressive packs.

Wolves: Their Life Nowadays

Wolves play an indispensable role as predators in the ecosystem balance of such biomes as deciduous forests, taigas, cold desserts, prairies, and mountain systems. Generally, there are 32 subspecies of this family that differ in sizes, thickness and colors of fur. In the United States gray wolves are widespread, especially on the northern part of the country and red wolves were spread before and almost became extinct in the 20th century in the wildlife, but scientists helped them to restore. Some of the red ones were in captivation for breeding reasons and now there are more than 100 of them. There is a chance that red wolves will later survive in the wildlife.
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