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Recognizing a Gray Wolf

Wolves in Montana can be a light gray, dark gray, or even black. Full grown wolves are about 2.5 feet tall and 6 feet long. Wolf tracks are about 5 inches long by about 4 inches wide, with 4 toes and claws in an oval shape. Wolf scat ranges from a half to one and half inches in diameter, but is usually greater than an inch. Wolf scat will generally taper to one point and usually contains hair and bone fragments.

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  • Gray wolves are built for travel with narrow bodies, long legs and large feet;
  • They can easily cover 10-20 miles in a day;
  • Montana wolves can be either gray or black, and sometimes white;
  • Montana wolves weigh 70-120 pounds and have a blocky square head;
  • Coyotes weigh 25-40 pounds and have a narrow, triangular shaped head.
Track id by Idaho Fish & Game. Click to view larger image