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your guide as VideoFort.com takes you on a journey to explore the wild. The arctic wolf, also called snow wolf or
white wolf, is a subspecies of the gray wolf. Arctic wolves inhabit the Canadian Arctic,
Alaska and the northern parts of Greenland. They also have white fur and long canine teeth
for killing their prey. Arctic wolves are smaller than grey wolves,
they also have smaller ears and shorter muzzles to retain body heat. They are carnivores, living mainly on muskox,
Arctic hares and caribou. Arctic Wolves usually travel in packs of 2
to 20. They live in small family groups: a breeding pair (alpha male and female) and
their pups, or as baby wolves. The pack works together to feed and care for their pups.
Lone arctic wolves are young males that have left their pack to seek their own territories. As the permafrost (permanently frozen ground)
prevents the Arctic wolf from digging a den, they typically live in rocky outcrops or caves.
Each year the mother wolf gives birth to two or three pups. Unlike other species of wolf, the Arctic wolf
rarely comes into contact with human so does not face the threat of hunting or persecution.
However, the greatest threat to the Arctic wolf is climate change. Extreme weather variations
in recent years have made it difficult for populations of muskox and Arctic hares to
find food, and this has caused a decline in numbers. In turn, this has reduced the traditional
food supply of the Arctic wolf. Industrial development also poses a threat to the wolf,
as an increasing number of mines, roads and pipelines encroach on the wolf’s territory,
and interrupt its food supply. Explore the Wild and VideoFort.com support
a future in which people can responsibly and sustainably live in harmony with nature.