How Has the Arctic Wolf's Population Been Affected?

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Arctic wolf is considered an animal of Least Concern, meaning it is not at great risk of being endangered or extinct. Unlike other wolves, the Arctic wolf does not have much interaction with humans and is not threatened by hunting. Arctic wolves live in the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland. Living in these isolated areas helps them avoid danger.

Although the Arctic wolf maintains a status of Least Concern, some threats to the animal still exist. One threat is to the wolf's food supply. Industrial developments such as the building of roads and pipelines may clear parts of its natural habitat, displacing and destroying its prey. Climate change has also created a challenge to obtaining food. Changes in weather have reduced the numbers of arctic hares and musk ox, two animals the Arctic wolf feeds on.

An adult Arctic wolf reaches 25 to 31 inches in height and can weigh up to 175 pounds. These wolves are characterized by off-white fur, and the females are smaller than males. The average lifespan of the animal is approximately seven years. Arctic wolves live in groups of seven to 10 but occasionally associate in larger groups of up to 30.