Day: November 12, 2023

The Mackenzie Valley Wolf

The Mackenzie valley wolf is the largest subspecies of gray wolf in the world. It can be found across Alaska, northwestern Canada (including Unimak Island in the Aleutians), and a portion of the United States. It has thick, elongated limbs that are proportionally designed to traverse coarse landscapes such as deep snow areas or the rocky cliffy edges of the Rocky Mountains. Check this out:

Like all wolves, the Mackenzie Valley wolf is a carnivore that feeds on other animals for protein and energy. Wolves typically hunt at night and will spend 10 hours a day seeking food for their pack. The majority of their prey is large animals such as moose, caribou, and bison. However, they will eat smaller prey such as rodents, birds, and even some insects.

Northern Howls: Understanding the Unique Traits and Behavior of Mackenzie Valley Wolves

Wolves are social creatures and hunt together in packs of 6-12 animals consisting of an alpha male, female, and their offspring. Packs will work together to stampede large prey such as moose or caribou, removing the slower, weaker, and easier-to-catch prey from the herd. Wolves will also defend their territory from other wolves and predators such as grizzly bears, cougars, and humans.

The Mackenzie Valley wolf is a creature of the forest, specifically coniferous forests, where they are well-adapted for their environment and can travel up to 70 miles in a day. Their wide range makes them less vulnerable to humans than some of the other recovering wolf subspecies in the United States.