Iberian Wolf

One of the most iconic carnivores

Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus)

Range Inhabits the forest and plains of northern Portugal and northwest Spain. Appearance The Iberian wolf’s coloration is vividly different from most other subspecies

Of gray wolf. Their relative isolation on the Iberian Peninsula, allowed them to develop without influence or interference from other subspecies for quite a time.they typically boast white stripes along there snouts and distinctive characteristics black streaks along their front legs. Both of these characteristics are not typically seen in any other subspecies. The Iberian wolf is a smaller, lightly-build subspecies, weighting in around (88lbs). Social Structure Iberian wolves tend to keep smaller packs then many other species of Gray Wolf.

These packs tend to consist of a dominant pair and one or two offspring from a previous breeding season; they do not keep to very large groups unless there in a community setting.

Due to the smaller size of food availability, deer, sheep, mountain sheep, rabbits. In the early twentieth century the Wolf was distributed throughout all the Peninsula.it has now been restricted almost to the Peninsula Northwest and around 2,800 individuals in total exist. The year 2000 the wolf reappeared in Catalonia, which could give the impressive that the Iberian wolf was expanding. Although genetic analysis in 2011 study showed that they came from the Italian-French linage and only 13 different individuals were identified.

Threats

Iberian Wolf threats are basically due to humans, Increasing human pressure that invaded their original habitats. Forest Fires Competition with farmers and hunters Fragmentation of habitat

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