Why are Arctic wolves endangered?


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The Arctic wolf species is not endangered, and it is actually listed under "Least Concern" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature status list, as reported by the World Wildlife Fund. The Arctic wolf is not endangered primarily because it lives in such an isolated place.

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The Arctic wolf lives in the polar region known as the Arctic where humans do not live. Without humans to hunt the Arctic wolf or its prey, the wolves are able to find plenty of food, and they can easily find many areas to make home.

The Arctic wolf is important to the Arctic ecosystem because it helps to keep all of the other animal populations in check as it is a carnivorous animal. The wolf preys on animals such as seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, nesting birds, lemmings, Peary caribou and ptarmigan. The wolf is hunted by other species of wolves and by polar bears.

The Arctic wolf has biological adaptations that allow it to survive in the frigid Arctic conditions. One of these adaptations is its coat, which helps to trap in body heat and has multiple layers of fur. The wolves are also smaller in size when compared to the gray wolf, their relation. With shorter legs and smaller ears, the Arctic wolf is less exposed.

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