Kenai Peninsula wolf

Now extinct, the Kenai Peninsula wolf (Canis lupus alces) used to live in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. They were one of the largest gray wolf subspecies, weighing up to 200 lbs and measuring just over 2 meters long. Their large size was well adapted for hunting the moose of the area.

The Gold Rush in the late 1800s brought settlers, and the Kenai Peninsula wolf was often observed by people in the area. Their population started to decrease as settlers hunted the wolf, and pesticides were used to safeguard communities. Random sighting occurred up to the 1940s, but it is unknown if these wolves were direct descendants of the Kenai Peninsula wolf, or crossbred species.

Wolves still roam the Kenai Peninsula today, but classification in 1944 (Edward Goldman) separated the Kenai Peninsula wolf from these species, and their extinction as announced.

Kenai Peninsula Wolf Taxonomical Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: C. lupus
  • Subspecies: C. l. alces
  • Trinomial name: Canis lupus alces