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Russia at a glance

Russia competes with Canada for the world’s largest gray wolf population. Main prey for wolves here are ungulates and livestock.

This report from Wolves and estimates the population of wolves in Russia was about 45,000 in 2002.

This website details “A history of wolves in Russia.”

This paper (originally in Russian) provides a comprehensive background on wolves in Russia.

Species Information

Common Name: gray wolf, волк (Russian)
Latin Name: Canis lupus

Subspecies 1
Common Name: tundra wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus albus

Subspecies 2
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus communis

Subspecies 3
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus cubanensis

Subspecies 4
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus lupus

Current Wolf Population, Trend, Status
Number of wolves: 30,000 to 40,000
Population trend: Stable/Increasing slightly
Legal protection: No protection

This page was last updated in 2020.


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