Any person who has been able to catch a glimpse of any type of wolf is
indeed a lucky man. The wolf is one of the earth\'s most cowardly and fearful
animals, and it is so sly and, pardon the expression, foxy, that it is almost a
waste of time to try and catch him in any kind of trap.
Although he can be cowardly and fearful, he can also be one the most
vicious and blood-thirsty of all animals. Often, they simply kill as much prey
as is possible, regardless of hunger and appetite. This is done by
"hamstringing" their prey. This leaves them helpless and unable to move. Then
the wolf pack can eat and tear him apart at their own will. Although savage and
bloodthirsty, wolves are among some of the world\'s smartest and most perceptive

Where found:
Wolves are found all over the world, and on almost every major continent
of the earth. The following wolves are types of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus).
In eastern Europe the European Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) can be found
even though it used to roam most of western Europe as well. In Spain, two
wolves have also been identified-Canis lupus deitanus and Canis lupus signatus.
While the first is similar to many of the other European wolves, the latter may
be more closely related to the jackal (Canis aureus), than to a wolf. The
Caucasion Wolf (Canis lupus cubanensis) is found in many parts of eastern Europe
and western Asia. The large tundra wolf of eastern Asia, the Tundra or Turukhan
Wolf (Canis lupus albus), is very close in relations to the wolves of northern
In the Arctic Islands and Greenland the Melville Island Wolf (Canis
lupus arctos), the Banks Island Wolf (Canis lupus bernardi), the Baffin Island
Wolf (Canis lupus manningi), and the Greenland wolf (Canis lupus orion), are all
Wolves of the Continental Tundra and Newfoundland include the Alaska
Tundra Wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum), the Interior Alaska Wolf (Canis lupus
pambasileur), the Kenai Peninsula Wolf (Canis lupus alces), the Mackenzie Tundra
Wolf (Canis lupus mackenzii), the Mackenzie Valley Wolf (Canis lupus
occidentalis), the Hudson Bay Wolf (Canis lupus hudsonicus), the Labrador Wolf
(Canis lupus labradorius), and the Newfoundland Wolf (Canis lupus beothicus).
However, the Newfoundland wolf has seemed to become extinct. This is strange
because there is no evidence of them being intensely hunted by man, of extreme
habitat changes, or of lack of food and yet in the early 1900s they became
The wolves of the Western Mountains and Coast of North America include
the British Columbia Wolf (Canis lupus colombianus), the Alexander Archipelago
Wolf (Canis lupus ligoni), the Vancouver Island Wolf (Canis lupus crassodon),
the Cascade Mountain Wolf (Canis lupus fuscus), the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf
(Canis lupus irremotus), the Southern Rocky Mountain Wolf (Canis lupus youngi),
and the Mogollon Mountain Wolf (Canis lupus mogollonensis). Of these wolves,
the British Columbia Wolf is the largest. The last two of these wolves have now
been exterminated due to the killings by man.
The Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the smallest of the subspecies
of the wolves found in the Americas. They could be found in the area of
Northern Chihuahua and other parts of Mexico and the southern United States,
especially Texas. The Texas Gray Wolf (Canis lupus monstrabilis) is obviously
larger than the Mexican Wolf and used to be commonly found in Texas. Now, both
of these subspecies have been exterminated in the United States but still can be
found in the Sierra Madre Occidental and the mountains of western Coahuila and
eastern Chihuahua, in Mexico.
The Eastern of Timber Wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) and the Great Plains or
Buffalo Wolf (Canis lupus nubilus) could originally be found on almost 25% of
North America. Today, however, due to competition with settlers, the Buffalo
Wolves were exterminated by the early 1900s. The Timber Wolf, for the same
reason, can no longer be found in the United States, but still is common in
Ontario and Quebec.
There are three main subspecies of Red Wolves (Canis niger). They
include the Florida Red Wolf (Canis niger niger), the Mississippi Valley Red
Wolf (Canis niger gregoryi), and the Texas Red Wolf (Canis niger rufus). Gray
wolves and red wolves can usually be distinguished by size. In most cases the
gray wolves are larger than red wolves with the exception that some of the
larger red wolves may be bigger than the smaller of the gray wolves. They can
also be distinguished by identifying a knob, "called cingulum, on the upper
carnassials, or