Vancouver Island wolf

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Vancouver Island Wolf
White wolf at the Greater Vancouver Zoo (top); captive grey Vancouver Island wolf at Grouse Mountain
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. lupus
Subspecies: C. l. crassodon
Trinomial name
Canis lupus crassodon
Hall, 1932 [1]>

The Vancouver Island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon) is a subspecies of grey wolf, endemic to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is very social with other wolves, and lives in packs of about five to thirty-five. It is an endangered subspecies, very shy, and is rarely seen by humans.[2] Wolves at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve area have been known to attack and kill unguarded domestic dogs.[3] There are also two Vancouver Island Wolves at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.[4]


The Vancouver Island wolf is of medium size, measuring roughly 26 to 32 inches high, 4 to 5 feet from nose to end of tail, and weighing roughly 60kg. It is usually a mix of grey, brown, and black. Occasionally, they are seen pure white.


The wolf's main food sources are the Columbian black-tailed deer, and the Roosevelt elk.