Canis lupus, the common wolf, originally ranged throughout the Northern Hemisphere, living in North America from the Arctic down to Mexico, and from northern Europe down to southern Asia and northern Africa. Canis rufus, the red wolf, is a North American species that once ranged from Ontario to the
Wolves are highly adaptable animals with habitats that stretch around the globe; however, they are most numerous in the United States, Canada and the Artic Russia. A new species of wolf called the Abyssinian wolf has been identified in the highlands of Ethiopia. It is much smaller than its relatives
Aside from humans, wolves do not have any direct predators and are considered at the top of their food chain. Wolf meat is not normally consumed, although it would be possible for it to be eaten in extreme circumstances.
Wolves enjoy a spot at the top of the food chain, which means there are no animals that prey on wolves in general. There are some circumstances, however, in which wolves are hunted and eaten by other animals, such as bears or mountain lions, or even other wolves.
As of 2014, there are no wild wolf populations in Ohio. However, some residents are allowed to keep wolves as pets as long as they are in a cage or under other similar conditions.
Wolves have many adaptations that enable them to survive in their environments, such as unusually large paws, thick fur coats and keen senses. Wolves are also able to adapt to almost any habitat, with the notable exceptions of deserts and tropical rain forests.
Both major species of wolf, the gray wolf and the red wolf, are classified as endangered. There are wolf populations that have experienced enough recovery to no longer carry the designation in specific regions. However, many animal species and subspecies not specifically listed as endangered are als
The gray wolf is kept in parks and zoos in Colorado, but there are no wolves in the wild. Gray wolves were hunted for attacking livestock and have not existed in the wild within the state since the late 1930s.
As of August 2014, Indiana does not have a wild population of gray or red wolves. Wolves were present in what is now Indiana in colonial times, but they were almost extinct in the 48 contiguous states by 1960. Only a small population in northern Minnesota survived.
Wolves no longer live in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Archeological Survey. The state's bounty hunting, decimated bison population, and reduced deer population led to complete elimination of wolves in the 1930s. Unsubstantiated rumors of wolves still occur in Oklahoma, states the Oklahoma Sta