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Gray Wolf Fact Sheet
Not all gray wolves are gray
! There are 32 subspecies
-- or types of gray wolves found in the world.
They range in color from coal black to snowy white
and all color variations in between. In appearance
they look similar to German shepherds, but their legs
are longer, their chests narrower, and their feet are
bigger. Gray wolves come in different sizes. The
combined head and body length ranges from 40 inches
to over 60 inches. An adult gray wolf can weigh between
50 and 140 pounds.
In North America, gray wolves are found in fair numbers
throughout Canada and Alaska and in much smaller numbers
in a few northern states bordering Canada.
Gray wolves were once found throughout North America
with the exception of the southeastern United States.
They were destroyed in most of their range in the
lower 48 states by trapping, poisoning, shooting, and
destruction of critical habitat.
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