The Canadian Arctic Wolf resides from the Yukon across Nunavit to the tip of the Hudson Bay, and then north to Greenland. There are currently an estimated 200,000 Arctic Wolves (1) in this region, though their numbers have steadily declined since the year 2000. (2)
The Arctic Wolf is considered a low risk on the endangered species list. This is mainly due to the fact that they live in remote, isolated habitats that are relatively undisturbed by man. The single biggest threat facing the Arctic Wolves is the same threat facing all life in the polar regions – global warming. As their environment is changing, the availability of a constant food source is changing with it. This is forcing the wolves to coastal areas, where food is more abundant (with availability of seals and seabirds) – but also they will have to deal with a larger human presence.
Only time will tell what the future holds for the reclusive Arctic Wolf.