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Gray Wolf

Canis lupus


Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. Their eyes can be brown, yellow (like this girl), or even blue. A large canine that is the ancestor of domestic dogs and most closely resembles German shepherds or malamutes.


Alaska, Canada, the Great Lakes, northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Wolves require large areas of contiguous habitat that can include forests and mountainous terrain.


We were driving out of Denali National Park after hiking the Savage river at 10:00 pm. This large female wolf was trotting down the center of the park road. We stopped the car and I was able to open my passenger door to get these shots as she trotted straight to me. As she got much closer, I got back inside and took the last few shots from my open window. She passed within two feet of me. This was my second separate wolf siting that day and one I will never forget (this is my favorite animal in the entire world). Park Rangers have been regularly seeing this female for a couple weeks and said that she has been ranging solo more and more often from the largest pack in the park. They believe that this season she will join with a lone male and become the alpha female of a new pack.

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Musicwolf 3 years ago

Hey! Thank you all for the SOTD! Absolutely the highlight encounter of my vacation.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Fantastic spotting! Well deserved SOTD - congrats.

Congrats again Musicwolf on the very well deserved SOTD

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Musicwolf, this great encounter has earned you a Spotting of the Day!



Great series Musicwolf,awesome,congrats and thanks for sharing

triggsturner 3 years ago

Great spotting and great story Musicwolf. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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Alaska, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2017
Submitted on Jun 8, 2017

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