Canadian timber wolf

Least concern

Kissos the alpha male of the pack, Hateya the alpha female and Taïma are the 3 adult wolves of the park. Taïma recently gave birth to two wolf cubs: Rhaegal and Aegon.


Scientific name : Canis lupus occidentalis

Where do they live?

In southeast Canada in the Great Lakes region, Quebec and Ontario.

Did you know?

They have a very developed sense of smell
They don't hunt like dogs with their nose to the ground, but with their ears raised and nose in the air to sense any smells or sounds that the wind might carry. Thanks to a Canadian study, we know that wolves can detect odours about 300 m away. They stop and point their nose toward the prey. This is the signal for the other wolves to lift their heads and analyse the smell. Each one then wags its tail and jumps in the air. Then, keeping quiet despite their excitement, they get as close as they can, upwind from the prey.

The Canadian timber wolf is a sub-species of the gray wolf, whose range covers western Canada and Alaska. It is also known as the northwestern wolf, the Mackenzie Valley wolf or the Alaskan timber wolf.
The long, thick legs of the Canadian timber wolf are adapted to its environment, helping the wolves cross rough terrain such as deep snow or the steep cliffs of the Rocky Mountains.

Weight

40 to 60 kg.

Height

40 to 50 cm at the withers.

Length

1 to 1.40 m.

Life expectancy

15-20 years.

Distance

They can travel up to 70 km per day.

The big bad wolf isn't so bad

Canada's wolf population is estimated to be between 50,000 and 60,000 individuals.
The species is not protected, but several Canadian associations raise awareness among local communities about the need for conservation and to try to combat misconceptions. Here, as elsewhere, wolves suffer far too often from an unfair image linked to tales and legends. The wolves are usually much more afraid of humans than we think.
And what if we made peace?