Vancouver Island Wolf
a captive grey Vancouver island wolf at Grouse Mountain
Range Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Canis
Species Canis lupus crassodon
Conservation Status

The Vancouver island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon), is a subspecies of the gray wolf, endemic to Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. It is very social with other wolves, and lives in packs of about five to thirty-five. It is an endangered subspecies, very shy, and is rarely seen by humans. Wolves at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve area have been known to attack and kill unguarded domestic dogs. There are also two Vancouver Island Wolves at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.


The Vancouver island wolf is of medium size, measuring roughly 26 to 32 inches high, 4 to 5 feet from nose to end of tail, and weighing roughly 60kg. It is usually a mix of grey, brown, and black. Occasionally, they are seen pure white.


The wolf's main food sources are the Black-tailed deer, and the Roosevelt elk.

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