All About the Eastern Wolf


Contrary to popular belief, wolves play an important role helping Mother Nature maintain a balanced ecosystem. If they weren’t around, there would be an overpopulation of white-tailed deer and moose – and not enough food for them to eat.

Photo Credit: Jacques Pleau
Photo Credit: Jacques Pleau

Eastern Wolves are a subspecies of the grey Wolf. They have a fawn-coloured pelt with black on the back and sides and reddish behind the ears. They stand about 80 centimetres at the shoulders and weigh 20 to 40 kilograms. Wolves have a well-organized social structure that centres on a dominant male and a dominant female. They breed once a year, usually in March or April. They generally make their den either in an old pine stump or rock crevice or they dig one in a gravel ridge created by glacial meltwater.

Eastern wolves may be found in or around La Mauricie National Park. Parks Canada works with local communities, Aboriginal groups, and visitors to put into action a law called the Species at Risk Act, with the goal of protecting and recovering species in our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

You can learn more about the Eastern wolf and what Parks Canada is doing to protect it by clicking the picture below.



Parks Canada

Parks Canada is proud to connect youth to Canada’s natural wonders and historical treasures.To learn more about Parks Canada’s species at risk work, click here.

Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.