Scientific name: Canis lupus
Did You Know?
Today, well over 2000 wolves live in northern Minnesota.
Where They Live:
Gray wolves can be found in northern forests and tundra in North America, Asia, and Europe.
What They Eat:
Wolves eat deer, moose, beavers, and small mammals such as the snowshoe hare.
Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)
- The size of a typical wolf pack could be…
a. 50 wolves b. 25 wolves c. 10 wolves d. 75 wolves
- Wolves are carnivores. This means they mainly eat…
a. dead things b. meat c. plants d. a little of everything
- Which of the following describes a wolf?
a. Weighs less than a piano b. Runs slower than a car c. Measures longer than a tricycle d. All of the above
What’s in a name?
The Gray wolf’s scientific name is Canis lupus. The term Gray wolf is what scientists call a common name. Other common names for Canis lupus include timber wolf, common wolf, tundra wolf, Mexican wolf, and plains wolf.
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