Native to the prairie provinces of Canada; Alberta, Saskatchewan and its namesake province Manitoba, the Manitoba Wolf (Canis lupus griseoalbus) is an extinct gray wolf subspecies. First cataloged by John Richardson, the Manitoba Wolf is also known as the grey-white wolf, and many believe it is actually the Hudson Bay Wolf.
The Manitoba Wolf became extinct in the wild in the early 1900s, hunted due to their highly sought after furs. Captive breeding programs reintroduced them into the wild in 1995, in areas around Yellowstone National Park. Even now the Manitoba Wolf is drawing complaints as they are larger than the areas native wolves, the concern being over-predation.
Manitoba Wolf Taxonomical Classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Canidae
- Genus: Canis
- Species: C. lupus
- Subspecies: C. l. griseoalbus
- Trinomial name: Canis lupus griseoalbus