Tibetan wolf Canis lupus chanco: Also known as the woolly wolf, the Tibetan wolf was once thought to be the ancestor of the domestic dog, largely because of its small size and the structure of its lower mandible. This grey wolf subspecies is found across central Asia all the way to Tibet, Mongolia, northern China and north India. Its diet differs and depends considerably on the weather. In summer, it lives on marmots, and in winter, it follows herds of ungulates such as wild sheep and Tibetan gazelles. As climate change moves into higher gear, and human use of wildernesses intensifies, the wolf increasingly depends on domestic livestock, which sets it against the most dangerous animal on earth… Homo sapiens.
Status: Least Concern
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