The Canadian Great Plains Wolf, or Buffalo Wolf, resides in the southern regions of the prairie provinces along the U.S. border to the Great lakes.
They can be distinguished by their black tipped tail, and the black and reddish hue that can be seen in their coats. When explorers Lewis and Clark were making their way across the great plains of America, they thought these majestic animals to be ‘shepherds of the buffalo’ as they were often seen herding them into groups.
Culled to near extinction in the 1930’s, they received federal protection in Canada in 1964 under the Canadian Species At Risk act (SARA) (1). Currently there are less than 3900 Great Plains Wolves in both Canada and the U.S. (2)