CANIS LUPUS BERNARDI
The Bernard's wolf (Canis lupus bernardi) also known as Victoria Island wolf or Banks Island wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf. This canid was identified in 1943 by zoologist John Anderson. The skin and skull of an adult male had been brought back by Pierre Bernard, hence the name "Bernardi" in Latin.
- Common name: Bernard's wolf
- Scientific name: Canis Lupus Bernardi
- Other names: Victoria Island wolf, Banks Island wolf
- Specie: Grey wolf
- Type: Mammals
- Diet: Carnivore
- Average size: 5,9 feet
- Weight: 59 to 110 lbs
- Status: Extinct
IS THE BERNARD'S WOLF EXTINCT?
The Bernard's wolf species is considered extinct. The last wolves in Victoria Island on Bank Island in northwestern Canada were seen in March 1993, but after that time no wolves were found, nor were there any traces of them. This wolf suffered a large scale massacre between 1918 and 1952 which largely contributed to its extinction.
BERNARD'S WOLF DESCRIPTION
The Bernard's wolf stood 3,9 feet high and 5,9 feet long (1.20 m high and 1.80 m long) from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. Its weight ranged from 59 to 110 lbs (27 to 50 kilos) and its coat was white, thick with a black stripe at the bottom of the spine.
BERNARD'S WOLF HABITAT
The wolf was once widely present in Victoria Island in the Northwest Territories of Canada, but the population was wiped out due to over-hunting such as the Gregory's wolf, another wolf species.