Although considered extirpated in New York, the wolf is protected by its status as status as state- and federal-listed Endangered, except in those states which have achieved recovery and removed it from the list.
Wolves are considered to be habitat generalists and usually select habitat to maximize predation success rather than for specific vegetation characteristics
Wolves are carnivores—they prefer to eat large hoofed mammals such as deer, elk, bison, and moose. They also hunt smaller mammals such as beavers, rodents, and hares. Adults can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal.
Gray wolves, or timber wolves, are canines with long bushy tails that are often black-tipped. Their coat color is typically a mix of gray and brown with buffy facial markings and undersides, but the color can vary from solid white to brown or black. Gray wolves look somewhat like a large German shepherd.
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