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Gray wolf

Canis lupus

The wolf is a social animal, and they live in packs. Packs consist of the alpha pair and their previous offspring or other relatives, with each member having their own place in the pack’s internal hierarchy. The wolf is also a playful animal. Interacting with others is important to wolves, and their greeting rituals are part of daily life in the pack.

Wolves and people side by side

Wolves and humans have lived side by side for tens of thousands of years. In the Stone Age, men sometimes took advantage of animals that were killed by wolves. As man learned how to hunt more efficiently and how to farm land and breed livestock, the tables were turned. Less timid wolves learned to look for food and safety near human settlements. In return, the wolves around camps would notify humans of approaching dangers and smell nearby prey animals. Domesticated wolves evolved into modern dog breeds over the course of 15,000 years.

Finland is home to around 200 wolves.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable. In Finland, the species is classified as “endangered” (EN).

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