Grey Wolf or Timber Wolf (Canis lupus)

The pack here at Beardsley arrived in the summer of 1998 from a breeding facility in South Dakota. We have one male
Apache (the black one) and one female Cheyenne. You may sometimes see keepers in with the wolves. They are conditioning/target training the wolves in order to make check-ups and routine health procedures less stressful for the animals.


Large canines with combinations or variations of grey, black, white, or light brown fur, standing 26" to 35" at the shoulders and weighing 60 to 140 pounds.


Alaska, southern Canada, northern west and Midwest States (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming). A smaller subspecies is found in Mexico. Historically wolves were found in all 50 US States, all of Canada and most of Mexico.


As a pack: moose, caribou, elk, deer, mountain sheep and beaver, a single wolf will prey on rabbit, pheasant and other small animals.

Life Span: 

10 - 16 years in the wild, 20 years in captivity.


Endangered or threatened depending on geographical area. In the late 1960's the population was reduced from 250,000 in the contiguous States to about 450.

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