The largest wolves in the world: top 10 largest predators

Wolves are amazing predators belonging to the canine class. In this family, they are considered the largest. Scientists have long proven that the wolf is the ancestor of the dog. Presumably, they were previously domesticated by humans. They live in completely different regions. There are especially a lot of them in Eurasia, in America.

Currently, the number of these animals has been significantly reduced due to mass extermination. And in some areas you will not encounter them at all. Their hunting is prohibited and punishable by law.

Wolves are killed because of the death of livestock. He can attack a person if necessary. But in nature they are of great use. Thanks to them, the gene pool is constantly improving.

In this article we will see which are the largest wolves in the world.

10. siberian tundra wolf

Several subspecies tundra wolf even lives in Russia. They were first described by Arthur Kerr in 1872. They are considered quite large due to their voluminous fur, which makes the animal appear large.

These wolves live in harsh arctic conditions. For example, in Western Siberia, Yakutia. Can be found in open areas. But in most cases it depends on the food placement for them.

Tundra wolves live in packs. The male is the leader of the whole group. Older individuals appear much darker in winter and turn paler and lighter in spring. It feeds on medium-sized animals – arctic foxes, hares, foxes, rodents.

9. Caucasian wolf

Caucasian wolf has a dark color, most often medium in size. It should be noted that it is these animals that value a strict hierarchy. They are aggressive towards other subspecies.

Only strong and healthy individuals remain in a group. The wolf, with the male, takes care of her young. They teach them about life. At the same time, they can both reward for something and punish.

Currently, the Caucasian wolf is on the verge of extinction. Various artiodactyl animals serve as prey, for example, deer, boars, rams. But discreetly, they use small rodents and squirrels for food.

8. red wolf

red wolf considered a distinct subspecies of the gray wolf. But sometimes it is also considered an independent species. Some scientists claim that he was born from the hybridization of a gray wolf and a simple coyote. But even now there is controversy about it. If so, it happened about a few thousand years ago.

They live in the United States, in Pennsylvania. In the 20th century, their mass extermination began, so wolves were on the threshold of life and death. Their habitat has also been significantly reduced.
Later, it was revealed that all species were extinct except for those in nurseries and zoos. But since 1988, scientists have been working to return them to nature.

It is believed that the red wolf is quite slender, but the ears and legs are much longer than other species of these animals. The color of the fur is different – from brown to gray and even black.

It is red especially in winter. Very often they have been seen in forests, but they are mostly nocturnal. They keep in small herds. They show no aggression towards each other.

In most cases, small rodents, as well as rabbits and raccoons, get into food. Very rarely, they may attack a deer or a boar. They feed on berries and carrion. It should be noted that it is this species that often becomes food for other wolves.

Currently listed in the Red Book. For a time they were exterminated due to the disappearance of livestock. After popularization restoration, they appeared in the wild in North Carolina.

7. canadian black wolf

canadian wolf considered one of the greatest. Its weight is about 105 kg. It is often called “black or white wolf“.

It is quite agile and very robust. It can easily hunt its prey in deep snow. It has thick fur that protects even the most severe frosts (-40).

Initially, people saw them in the United States, in the east, in the northeast. But closer to the thirties, they were completely destroyed. Stayed little in Alaska.

Some are now in the national park under state protection. Their herds in the wild are quite small. In autumn and winter, they gather to hunt large animals – deer, boar. They can easily cope with weakened coyotes, bears.

6. polar arctic wolf

polar arctic wolf so named because its habitat is north of the Arctic Circle. These predators have well-developed legs and jaws.

Because of the woolen blanket, some become an object for fishing. Outwardly, he looks more like a simple dog than a wolf. The color is most often white with a slight silver tint. The ears are small but pointed.

The legs are rather large and muscular. Quietly fall in the snow, but perform the function of snowshoes. Currently, it can be seen in Alaska, as well as in the northern regions of Russia.

It feeds on hares, birds, frogs, forest moss, as well as deer, beetles and various berries. In winter, only deer are chased. Literally follow them on their heels.
Many species now live in zoos. They create the necessary conditions for life and reproduction.

5. red wolf

red wolf considered a rather rare representative of predatory animals. It is currently an endangered species.
Found repeatedly in Central and Southeast Asia. There is no reliable information about their origin. But presumably, the ancestor is a marten. Stands out from others – bright red color of wool.

Adults have a brighter hue, while older ones are paler. Can be seen in national zoos. Live perfectly on rocks and in caves. They feed on small rodents, hares, raccoons, wild boars, deer.

4. Werewolf

Werewolf – one of the largest representatives of canines. Lives in South America. It has a rather unique and unusual appearance. It looks like a fox, the body is short, but the legs are high.

The coat is soft, yellowish-reddish in color. Prefers open grassy plains where observation is possible. He usually comes out at night. It hunts small animals – rabbits, reptiles, ducks, insects.

The wolves make a somewhat unusual howl that can only be heard after sunset. It is currently threatened with extinction.

3. Tasmanian marsupial wolf

The first to see marsupial wolf became the peoples of Australia. They are considered quite old. Many were exterminated by people and some died of diseases.

He ate various game, sometimes ruined bird’s nests. More often than not, he preferred to be in forests and mountains. It was possible to see this amazing animal only at night, during the day they hid or slept. They always gathered in small herds.

In 1999, scientists decided to clone this species of wolf. During the experiment, DNA was taken from a puppy, which was kept in the museum. But the samples turned out to be unsuitable for work.

2. Melville Island Wolf

melville island wolf lives in North America. They only hunt in packs. They prefer deer and musk oxen. But they can eat hares and small rodents.

During severe frosts, they hide in the ledges of caves and rocks. It lives where you can least see a person, which is why it is not considered extinct.

1. grey Wolf

grey Wolf – the largest representative of the canine genus. It is a very beautiful and strong animal. At the same time very smart.
Currently can be seen in North America, Asia.

Live quietly close to people. They feed on deer, hares, mice, ground squirrels, foxes, and sometimes cattle.

They prefer to only go out at night. They emit a loud howl, thanks to which it can be heard even at great distances.

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