The Canis lupus tundrarum was identified as a subspecies in 1912 by zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller. Some believe that it is just an extension of the Interior Alaskan wolf, while others
think it is the same as the Mackenzie Vally wolf or the Mackenzie Tundra wolf. The Alaskan Tundra Wolf shares many characteristics with all three.The female usually gives birth to about 4 pups in a den. The pack will assist in raising them.


The Alaskan tundra wolf resides in the tundra regions along the Arctic coast of northern Alaska.


The Alaskan tundra wolf is a large wolf measuring from 50 to 64 in length (nose to end of tail). Its weight can vary in males from 85 to 176 pounds, and in females from 80 to 120 pounds. They are usually seen in light colored to pure white coats, though they also come in dark coats, including black. Their hair is long, though not as long as the European Tundra wolf. They have a heavier dentition than the Interior Alaskan Wolf.


When possible, it will feed on caribou, muskoxen and other ungulates. It also feeds on smaller animals and vegetation.