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The term Wolf refers to an entire genus, Canis, the separate species that are encompassed by it. Dogs are a subspecies of the wolf genus, evolving from the Gray Wolf approximately 100,000 years ago.
- Gray Wolf, commonly referred to simply as the Wolf, which has numerous subspecies including:
- Arctic Wolf
- Eastern Timber Wolf
- Eurasian Wolf
- Japanese Wolf, extinct
- Hokkaido Wolf
- Honshū Wolf
- Mexican Wolf
- Italian Wolf
- Tundra Wolf
- Red Wolf, rare species in Eastern USA (Canis Rufus)
- Dire Wolf, extinct prehistoric species
- Prairie wolf or coyote
- Eastern Canadian Wolf, a recently recognized species.
- Ethiopian Wolf, resembling a fox.
- Indian Wolf, a recently recognized species.
- Maned Wolf, exclusive to South America.
Many of the surviving species are severely endangered in their native habitats due to pressure upon their prey from human hunting, or human encroachment on their territory. Historically, wolves have held a place in human mythology as demonic creatures.
Wolves were apparently one species transplanted from Earth to Reach. It's not known exactly why wolves would have been transferred to a colony world, but it may have been part of a wider off-world conservation effort, but they were more than likely killed on Reach, and perhaps even Earth.