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British Columbia wolf

The British Columbia wolf (Canis lupus columbianus) is a possible subspecies of gray wolf which occurs throughout much of British Columbia, west of the Rocky and Stikine Mountains. It was first classed as a distinct subspecies in 1941 by Edward Goldman, who described it as being a large subspecies, with a skull closely resembling that of C. l. pambasileus, and whose fur is generally of a cinnamon-buff color.[1]

As of 2005,[2] it is considered a valid subspecies by MSW3, though it is classed as a synonym of C. l. occidentalis by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldman, E. A. (1941), Three new Wolves from North America, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 54: 109- 113
  2. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Chambers SM, Fain SR, Fazio B, Amaral M (2012). "An account of the taxonomy of North American wolves from morphological and genetic analyses". North American Fauna 77: 1–67. doi:10.3996/nafa.77.0001. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
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