Gray Wolf

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The Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) is the largest wild member of the Canid family. It is an ice age survivor originating during the late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago.

Genetic studies reaffirm that the gray wolf shares a common ancestry with domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). Although certain aspects of this conclusion have been questioned, including recently, the main body of evidence confirms it. A number of other gray wolf subspecies have been identified, though the actual number of subspecies is still open to discussion. Gray wolves are apex predators in the Bering Strait Region.

In Alaska, the Department of Fish and Game has attempted to control the wolf population through several measures including sterilizing the Alpha pair and the controversial aerial wolf hunt. These methods were in an attempt to help declining moose populations in localized areas.

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We don't eat the meat. We use the skin for parka or mittens.Also the legs for mukluks. if you catch your first wolf yoou give it to an elder you prefere to give it to. We prefere gray wolf than black or white because their more pretier.

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