Wolf (Grey)

Wolf (Grey)

Faolchú liath

  • Scientific name: Canis lupus
  • IUCN status: Listed
  • Habitat: Tundra, steppe, open woodland and forest.
  • Diet: Carnivore – moose, elk, bison, reindeer, rabbits, beavers and domestic animals.

Grey wolves can be any colour from black to white. They used to enjoy a large distribution but they have suffered from human persecution and long-term habitat disturbance. They live in well-organised packs with a complicated social system. The whole pack travels hunts and raises cubs together. Grey wolves once lived in the forests of Ireland but when the forests disappeared so did the wolves. The last wolf seen in Ireland was a female shot in County Carlow in 1786!

Keeper’s Secret

Grey wolves once lived in the forests of Ireland but their habitat was cut down and they were hunted. The last wolf seen in Ireland was a female shot in County Carlow in 1786!

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