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Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:45 am

(Special thanks and recognition to my good acquaintance, Crocotto, for kindly providing me with most of these exclusive Siberian wolf informations.)

Siberian wolf is a term for the Eurasian wolves that live in Northern Russia, such as in Siberia. These wolves may or may not be a unique subspecies, because there are a few differences between them and the other Eurasian wolves. These differences include things such as:

- A longer, dense coat
- Slightly more aggressive nature
- Slightly larger brain size (these are believed to be the most intelligent wolves out there)
- Longer snout and more pronounced canine teeth
- Proportionally longer legs
- Wider chest region (due to larger lungs)
- Thick, more pronounced mane

The largest wolves ever accurately recorded in modern times (1950-present) was a Siberian wolf shot by a Soviet hunter. This hunt was recorded in a record book called Mammals of the Soviet Union. The wolf was a large male that of a mass of 86 kg (approx. 190 lbs), a full 6-7 kg (13-15 lbs) more than the largest North American or Arctic wolf ever recorded. This specimen was killed during World War II in the Kobelyakski area of the Poltavskij region in the Ukrainian SSR. Larger weights of 92-96 kg (203-212 lbs) have been recorded in Ukraine, though the circumstances under which these latter wolves were weighed are not known.

Height: 80-90 cm (31 to 35 inches)

Length: 167 cm (nose to tail) (5.47 ft)

Mass: 50-80 kg, max. 86 kg (110 to 176 pounds) (90 kg (198 lbs) if unconfirmed reports are to be believed)

Temperament: Similar to North American wolves, but slightly more aggressive

Behavior: Intelligent and sometimes reclusive. May or may not form large packs, as it is capable of hunting alone - sometimes Siberian wolves hunt as pairs or, in prosperous times, as large as three dozen; a Siberian wolf pack can lord over a territory as large as 13,000 square kilometers

Prey: Moose, wild boar, rodents, birds, caribou, wisent, mountain goats, red deer, roe deer, muskox

Rival predators: Other Siberian wolves (rarely), Asiatic black bears (very rarely), Siberian tigers, Ussuri brown bears

Eurasian Siberian wolves are thought to be the most largest and strongest wolves in the world, easily outmaneuvering even the most biggest Arctic wolves. They thrive in Northern Russian regions where wilderness is large and plentiful, prey is abundant, and human populations are comparatively low, minimizing prosecution. Relatively little is known about them and it is debated whether they are a subspecies of the Eurasian wolf or just a larger, stronger variation.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by fantasia » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:39 am

wow that is so cool i would love to see one :)
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Post by Alpha Female » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:42 am

Very interesting, its nice learning more on this wolf. Thanks for sharing the info with us Blight (and thanks Crocotto for providing information).
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Post by Canidae » Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:19 pm

Very interesting, I'd love to see some video footage of these animals. =)
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:27 pm

Canidae wrote:Very interesting, I'd love to see some video footage of these animals. =)
If I am not mistaken, I believe that National Geographic has some footage of Eurasian Siberian wolves: http://natgeotv.com/asia/wild-russia/vi ... ian-wolves
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Ohh goody ^^ Thank you very much
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:38 pm

I wasn't able to view the footage myself due to my PC's badly lagging Internet connection, but I assume that it is in fact video material of Siberian wolves. I wish badly that I could watch it myself.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Garion1 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:17 pm

It shows a brief section given to the wolves before moving on to horses. Though still interesting to watch. It is maybe 3 minutes long.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:53 am

Garion1 wrote:It shows a brief section given to the wolves before moving on to horses. Though still interesting to watch. It is maybe 3 minutes long.
I suppose the clip's a preview/trailer of the actual documentary. I'll check out if I could purchase a DVD from a Nat Geo online shop, because they do have other wolf documentaries.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by AlbinoWolf6 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:40 am

Interesting, I will have to check out the video link^^ Thank for posting this blight and thanks for providing the info crocotto!
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Masika » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:51 pm

Very interesting, never heard of these animals before. They sound very fasinating, thanks for posting and getting information on this Blightwolf and Crocotto! I'll definitely be sure to have a look at the video.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:36 am

Siberian wolves are the most unexplored type of all Eurasian wolves. Italian and French Eurasian wolves have been studied extensively, but little is known about Siberian Eurasian wolves.
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by LunaLynn » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:08 am

Ohhh those sound cool! I would love to see one. Theys ound scary, but yet awsome! Thanks for posting. :wink:
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by wolfsarethebest » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:19 pm

i wonder how the wolf looks like in real life
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Re: Siberian wolf - A new breed of predator

Post by Blightwolf » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:23 am

wolfsarethebest wrote:i wonder how the wolf looks like in real life
I personally imagine that these wolves look like ordinary wolves but with an "enhanced" physique, having a thick, very pronounced mane, longer snout and legs and being tall and large. Dire wolf-like, perhaps, only not quite stocky.
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