The Grey Wolf (Canis Lupus) is the largest member of the dog family, and was formerly found throughout the northern hemisphere. Grey Wolves occupy a place at the top of the food chain, where they keep the population of moose, deer and caribou healthy by taking the sick and weak animals. Although the species is known as the Grey Wolf, in actual fact they come in a great variety of colours.
Wolves are sociable animals, and live in packs of up to twenty; ten or fewer in a pack is the most usual. They hunt together, and cooperate in raising pups, which are born in the spring.
Wolves were eradicated from most of Western Europe by the end of the 19th century, and in Great Britain, they have been extinct for over two hundred years. Wolves were eliminated from all but two States of the USA through massive poisoning and trapping campaigns; today, only in Alaska, Minnesota, Canada and in the former Soviet Union are there still healthy populations.
It is worth noting that there has been no recorded attack by a healthy wild wolf on any person in North America.
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