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Iberian Wolf Hunting in Spain

IBERIAN WOLF SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

The Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) is a subspecies of grey wolf that inhabits the forest and plains of northern Portugal and northwestern Spain. The hunting area is at least 4 hours from Madrid airport.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. lupus
Supspecies: C. l. signatus
Tinomial name: Canis lupus signatus

IBERIAN WOLF DESCRIPTION

The Iberian wolf differs from the more common Eurasian wolf with its slighter frame, white marks on the upper lips, the dark marks on the tail and a pair of dark marks in its front legs that give it is subspecies name, signatus (“marked”).

The subspecies differentiation may have developed at the end of the Pleistocene Ice Agesdue to the isolation of the Iberian Peninsula when glacier barriers grew in the Pyrenees and eventually reached the Gulf of Biscay in the West and the Mediterranean in the East.

Males can weigh up to 40 kilograms, with females usually weighing between 20 and 30 kg.

IBERIAN WOLF HUNTING MAP

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IBERIAN WOLF PICTURES GALLERY