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Wolf / Lobo


Wolf / Lobo
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Copyright: Carlos Guitian (guitianmiranda) (105)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D50, 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 9:55
Viewed: 6978
Points: 0
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El lobo (Canis lupus) es un mamífero del orden de los Carnivora. Comparte un ancestro común con el perro doméstico (Canis lupus familiaris), como evidencia la secuencia del ADN y los estudios genéticos. Los lobos fueron antaño abundantes y se distribuían por Norteamérica, Eurasia y el Oriente Medio. Hogaño, por una serie de razones relacionadas con los humanos, incluyendo el muy extendido hábito de la caza, los lobos habitan únicamente en una muy limitada porción del que antes fue su territorio. Aunque está clasificado como una especie poco amenazada para su extinción, en algunas regiones incluyendo los Estados Unidos continentales, las especies están listadas como en peligro o amenazadas.

El lobo, siendo un predador, es una importante parte de los ecosistemas a los que pertenece. Este amplio territorio de hábitat donde los lobos medran refleja su adaptabilidad como especie e incluye bosques, montañas, tundras, taigas y praderas. En gran parte del mundo, con la excepción de las regiones norteñas, se lo clasifica como amenazado. Continúan siendo cazados en muchas áreas del mundo por la amenaza que se percibe al ganado, así como por deporte.

The grey wolf or gray wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf or wolf, is a mammal of the order Carnivora. The gray wolf is the largest wild member of the Canidae family and an ice age survivor originating during the Late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago.DNA sequencing and genetic drift studies indicate that the gray wolf shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog, (Canis lupus familiaris) and might be its ancestor. A number of other gray wolf subspecies have been identified, though the actual number of subspecies is still open to discussion. Gray wolves are typically apex predators in the ecosystems they occupy. Gray wolves are highly adaptable and have thrived in temperate forests, deserts, mountains, tundra, taiga, grasslands and even urban areas.

Though once abundant over much of North America and Eurasia, the gray wolf inhabits a very small portion of its former range because of widespread destruction of its habitat, human encroachment of its habitat, and the resulting human-wolf encounters that sparked broad extirpation. Considered as a whole, however, the gray wolf is regarded as being of least concern for extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Today, wolves are protected in some areas, hunted for sport in others, or may be subject to extermination as perceived threats to livestock and pets.

In areas where human cultures and wolves are sympatric, wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively.


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