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Rocky Mountain Wolf

The main threat that Rocky Mountain wolves face are poachers and trappers; especially in the three northern states in which they are not federally protected (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming). The fight to relist Northern Rocky Mountain wolves is currently ongoing. Wolves are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48, yet still remain imperiled in the Northern Rocky Mountain region. 


The Rocky Mountain gray wolf (Canis lupus irremotus) is a gray wolf subspecies, commonly called the 'northwestern wolf'. Rocky Mountain wolves come in a varity of different fur colorations such as gray, black, and white. Rocky Mountain wolves generally weigh 70 to 150 lbs, and stands at 2-3 feet tall (26-32 in). The typical lifespan of a Rocky Mountain wolf in the wild is roughly 3 years or longer. Their diet consists mainly on ungulates such as elk, deer, bison and occasionally moose. 

Rocky Mountain wolves inhabit the northwestern United States; which comprise Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington. They are also commonly found in the Canadian regions where the Rocky Mountains extend. Gray wolves typically breed between the months of February and April.




Jacob W. Frank/NPS

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is more involved in the recovery of gray wolves, with their new wolf recovery plan. Despite this victory, we are to remain vigilant and continue to advocate for wolf conservation to ensure (if protections are applied) that they will remain permanent. Law-makers continue to attack the ESA; even campaigning for the delisting of the gray wolf. Gray wolves will continue to be subjected to persecution and hatred across the U.S, and for that reason, we must be their safeguard.



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