The gray wolf belongs to the canine family of animals, and it looks very similar to a German Shepherd or Malamute dog. The animal ranges in weight from 40 to 175 pounds and is typically 4.5 to 6.5 feet long from nose to tail tip.
Gray wolves are a variety of colors, including grizzled gray, black or all white. They can be found in northern Canada, Alaska, the Great Lakes, Northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest areas. Gray wolves were once considered almost extinct, but rehabilitation has improved the population.
Wolves live and hunt in packs usually consisting of six to 10 animals. Packs travel long distances to hunt elk, deer, moose and caribou, as well as other smaller animals. Wolves live in a social hierarchy, with the lead male and female being the only ones to mate. They communicate with a complex series of barks, whines, howls and growls.