Species: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Information About

Gray Wolf

Quick Facts

Canis lupus




civatriq, kaganaq, kegg’luneq, kegluneq



Viewing Scale

Chances of seeing Gray Wolf in Alaska

Gray Wolf in Detail.

Wolves are likely the most disputed animals living in Alaska. Hunters fear for their favorite game, residents are allowed to shoot up to six wolves a year.

Wolves are large members of the canine family which include domestic dogs and coyotes. They can measure up to 7 feet long and weigh up to 180 pounds.

They live in highly social groups called packs. Packs are led by an alpha male and female pair.

Wolves can range in coloring throughout Alaska from nearly all white Arctic wolves to solid black, the popular sable timber wolf look, or varying colors coats of white, black, brown, tan, grey, or white.


Moose, Caribou, Dall Sheep, Mountain Goat, Sitka Black-tailed Deer, Black Bear, Harbor Seal, North American River Otter, Sea Otters, North American Beaver, Snowshoe Hare, Arctic Ground Squirrel, Bald Eagle, Willow Ptarmigan, Rock Ptarmigan, Northern Red-backed Vole, Meadow Vole, Tundra Vole, Tundra Shrew, Nelson's Collared Lemming, Northern Collared Lemming, Siberian Brown Lemming, North American Brown Lemming



Habitat of Gray Wolf in AlaskaHabitat & Range

Wolves range all over Alaska except the islands further off the mainland. Wolves are known to swim up to eight miles across open water.


Pictures of Gray Wolf.