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Arctic Wolf Canis Lupus Arcticus
Parc Omega, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
August 9, 2011

When Sid and Bob are bad, just threaten them with this fierce wolfie, Dorothy!

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The Arctic wolf is found in the most northern parts of the wolf’s range, in the Arctic Circle. Arctic wolves mainly inhabit Northern Canada and Alaska, parts of Greenland and Iceland and Northern Europe.

Arctic wolves are incredibly versatile and adaptive animals, able to withstand year round sub-zero temperatures. Living in the Arctic Circle, the Arctic wolf spends five out of twelve months in total darkness.

The Arctic wolf hunts lemmings, assorted rodents, and Arctic hare but will take larger prey like caribou when available. When the Arctic wolf wants to hunt musk ox, the pack will gather and work as a team attempt to isolate it from the herd and take it. An adult musk ox is simply too big for one Arctic wolf to try and take on alone.

Although the Arctic wolf is generally smaller in size than the grey wolf, Arctic wolves tend to be bulkier than grey wolves with the male Arctic wolves also growing larger than the female Arctic wolves.

Normally, only the alpha male Arctic wolf and female Arctic wolves breed, but if a pack gets too large it may break up into new smaller packs giving others the opportunity to mate. Due to the Arctic Circle’s uncompromising permafrost soil and the difficulty it poses for digging dens, Arctic wolves often use rock outcroppings, caves or even shallow depressions as dens instead.
Arctic wolf pups are born in litters of two or three in the months of May and June, meaning that the Arctic wolf pups are born about a month later than the grey wolf pups. Arctic wolves tend to be white with brown irises, unlike most other subspecies of wolves with yellow to amber eyes. White fur gives them camouflage in a snowy environment, and the darker irises give added protection to the eyes in a high glare environment.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 170 to 500 at 500 mm
iso 100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/200 second
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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Nice details in this capture Mike

  • Thanks so very much, Larry!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayalmost 3 years ago

    Very well done dear Mike. I am very happy to have met you again :) And Colin is a very fine lad.
    Cheerio :)

  • Many, many thanks, Yan, and I greatly appreciate the “fave”, too! It was wonderful to meet up again and we had the perfect day for it, too! I’m sure we’ll meet again in December (weather permitting) and, hopefully, before that, too!

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    Super Super Mikey
    Compliments and a kiss from Yolanda for this result..
    lol
    Cheers mate .. we stay in touch
    John

  • Many, many thanks, my friend, and I greatly appreciate the “fave”, too! And be sure to thank the lovely Yolanda. Hugs to her from Ontario!
    And, yes, we’ll keep in touch!

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    ps
    How / where I see photo’s of Tony

  • I’ll try to get some of his pics uploaded over the next few days. He’s interested in getting an RB account now. And he really enjoyed meeting everyone. It was all he talked about on the way home – when he wasn’t sleeping!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Wanda Dumas
    Wanda Dumasalmost 3 years ago

    I don’t know, Mike …. he doesn’t look too too threatening! Very nice shot!

  • Many thanks, Wanda! They all looked like a bunch of big old puppydogs. The guys who said it was okay to get out of the cars were in the compound trimming back the brush and weren’t being bothered at all.

    – Mike Oxley

  • zumi
    zumialmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • Thanks so very much, Zumi, and thanks, too, for the lovely compliment of the “fave”, too! Much appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful phioto, Mike. Intelligent eyes!

  • Many, many thanks, Jan, and thanks, too, for the fave! It was wonderful to be able to get close (relatively speaking) to these beautiful animals. What an experience!

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    Tony.. >> Colin

  • :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent…

  • Thanks so very much for the lovely comment, Carol! Greatly appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldalmost 3 years ago

    Oh my…..what a gorgeous capture of an absolutely beautiful animal!!

  • Many, many thanks for your very kind words, Susan, and thank you, too, for the lovely compliment of the “fave”! It was great to get up (relatively) close and personal with these beauties!

    – Mike Oxley

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