Kenai Peninsula wolf

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Kenai Peninsula wolf
Canis lupus in snow.jpg
C. l. alces, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. lupus
Subspecies: C. l. alces
Trinomial name
Canis lupus alces
Goldman, 1941[1]

The Kenai Peninsula wolf (Canis lupus alces) is a possible subspecies of gray wolf native to the Kenai Peninsula. It was first classed as a distinct subspecies in 1941 by Edward Goldman, who described it as being similar to C. l. pambasileus, but being much larger, probably the largest in North America, probably due to its adaptation to hunting the Alaska moose.[2]

As of 2005,[3] it is considered a valid subspecies by MSW3, though it is classed as a synonym of C. l. occidentalis by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.[4]


  1. ^ "Canis lupus alces Goldman, 1941". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Goldman, E. A. (1941), Three new Wolves from North America, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 54: 109- 113
  3. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  4. ^ Chambers SM, Fain SR, Fazio B, Amaral M (2012). "An account of the taxonomy of North American wolves from morphological and genetic analyses". North American Fauna 77: 1–67. doi:10.3996/nafa.77.0001. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 

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