:a large, broad-headed, wide-muzzled wolf (Canis lupis) that has a dense, heavy coat of usually light brown or brownish gray interspersed with black above and yellowish white below and that was formerly widely distributed throughout North America and Eurasia but is now greatly restricted to the more northerly parts of its range
- The only sizable gray wolf population south of Canada and Alaska continues to roam the forest-and-lake country of northern Minnesota.
- —Vic Banks
The gray wolf has been considered a threat to livestock and people for hundreds of years and has been wiped out from most of its original range by hunting, trapping, and poisoning.
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