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FC: ARCTIC WOLVES BY: Michelle Chavez

1: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Canis Species: C. lupus Subspecies: C. l. arctos

2: Arctic wolves are mostly white with a line of black on there back. they are smaller and shorter than the gray wolves but are bulkier. they are 3 to 6 feet long with there tail and weight about 100 pounds.

3: Arctic wolves hunt in packs like other species of wolves. they hunt arctic hare, seals , lemmings, ptarmigan , caribou, musk oxen and some times moose. Because they live in the tundra they can't suprise there prey,so they surround there prey till they can kill it. Arctic wolves eat evey thing of there prey because of the scarcity of food.

4: Females reach the age of maturity at the age of 2yearsand males at the age of 3 years. they mate around march and then the female leaves to find a den. Because of the permafrost soil they don't dig dens but have dens in caves or in shallow depressions in the soil. the ges tation takes about 53 to 61 days and they usally have about 4to 5 cubs less than other species of wolves

5: The cubs are born a month later than other wolves but are still blind, deaf and helpless like other wolves. After a month they are able to eat meat. The whole pack then feeds the cubs by regurgitated meat after the hunt. When they are a year old they are able to hunt with the pack . Arctic wolves live up to 7 years in the wild.

6: Treats that Arctic wolves have to face is global warming that is changing the weather in there habbitat . Also hummans have started to build road , mines and pielines in there area. They are also hunted by man for there fur to make coats and rugs.

7: There location is mostly north of the 70o northern latitude. they inhabit the islands of the canadian arctic and the northern coast of Greenland. They have also been found in Alaska, northern Canada and minnesota. Because of there location they are still beeing studed.

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