Canis lupus hattai.The Hokkaidō wolf, known in Japan as the Ezo wolf
Hokkaido wolf
This wolf roamed the area of Hokkaido, Japan.. is one of the two extinct subspecies of Canis lupus that have been called the Japanese wolf. The other is the Honshū wolf.This endemic wolf of Japan occupied the island of Hokkaidō


The Hokkaidō wolf was larger than the Honshū wolf, more closely approaching the size of a regular gray wolf.The wolf was deemed a threat to ranching (which the Meiji government promoted at the time) and targeted via a bounty system and a direct chemical extermination campaign. Hokkaido experienced significant development during this period and the Hokkaidō wolf also suffered from resulting environmental disruption.


It appears to be extinct.The Hokkaidō wolf became extinct during the Meiji restorationperiod.Sightings of the Hokkaidō wolf have been claimed from the time of its extinction to the present day, but none of these have been verifiedIt was classified as a subspecies of the gray wolf in 1931