Indian Wolf (canis Lupus Pallipes)

Indian Wolf (Canis Lupus Pallipes)

A subspecies of grey wolf found from Southwest Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. Its size is in the middle between the Himalayan and Arabian wolves, but because it inhabits warmer climates, it lacks the latter's plush winter coat. The "Indian plains wolf" under this subspecies is genetically basal to all other existing Canis lupus with the exception of the older-lineage Himalayan wolf; both have been considered as distinct species. The Indian wolf has a reputation for cunning, travels in smaller packs, and is less noisy than other grey wolf species.
 
However, it is one of the grey wolf populations in the world that is most in risk of extinction.
 

Characteristics And Routine:

Despite being smaller, more delicately constructed, and having shorter fur with little to no underfur, the Indian wolf shares structural similarities with the Eurasian wolf. It is normally between 57 and 72 cm (22 and 28 in) tall, with males weighing between 19 and 25 kg (42 and 55 lb.) and females between 17 and 22 kg (37 and 49 lb.). From snout to tail, it is between 103 and 145 cm (41 and 57 in) long. 
 
Although the hair on its back remains long even in the summer, an adaptation thought to be a defense against solar radiation, it has short, thin fur in the summer like the Arabian wolf. The fur often has grey tones and ranges from reddish-white to grayish-red. Particularly on the back, which has a dark V-shaped band across the shoulders, the hairs are grizzled with black. The underparts are almost entirely white, and the limbs are paler than the body. 
 
Puppies are milk-white on the chest at birth, with a sooty-brown coat that darkens with age. Although black specimens are uncommon, they have been found in two parts of Iran and the Solapur district of India. Contrary to North American grey wolves, who have inherited the Kb allele responsible for melanism from prior interbreeding with dogs, the mutation was discovered to be naturally occurring in the latter country. 
 
Although the Indian wolf normally lives in smaller packs that seldom exceed 6-8 members and is comparatively less vocal, having only occasionally been reported to howl, its habits are comparable to those of other grey wolf subspecies.
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Indian wolves can howl, howl-bark, whimper, squeal in groups, and whine. The basic frequency of a howl is on average 422 Hz, whereas a whine is 906 Hz. In the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, there is at least one documented instance of a lone wolf hanging around with a couple of dholes. It typically gives birth in holes or ravines between the middle of October and the end of December.
 
Usually, antelopes, rodents, and hares are its prey. When pursuing antelopes, it typically hunts in two, with one wolf serving as a decoy while the other charges forward. Indian wolves share territory with golden jackals, sloth bears, leopards, brown bears, Asiatic lions, and Bengal tigers.
 
Indian wolves that hunt at night and between dusk and morning employ diverse hunting techniques depending on the type of prey they are after.
 
These wolves are reputed to have great speed and stamina.
An Indian wolf pack will disperse when pursuing Indian hares and other rodents, as opposed to banding together when pursuing the nimble blackbuck antelope. In Nannaj and Blackbuck National Park, blackbucks make up the majority of the wolves' prey and can account for up to 88% of their biomass intake.
 
Indian wolves would typically pursue an antelope because it moves quicker toward hollows, bushes, or ravines where other wolves are hiding in ambush. Indian wolves have the ability to chase blackbucks down hills for a brief burst of speed in addition to guiding antelopes into an ambush. Indian wolves may also pick out a sick or hurt animal and drive it away from the herd before giving up. 
 
This tactic is frequently used by grey wolves and frequently works. When they were close enough to strike, one wolf would seize the antelope's snout and suffocate it as the others attacked the back. According to reports, Indian wolves also entice antelopes with interest in order to kill them. According to one tale, a wolf reclined with its legs up while the blackbucks were feasting. This wolf was mistakenly disturbed by an antelope, and two others immediately arose to finish the job. 
 

West Asia, Range, And Situation:

Indian Wolf (Canis Lupus Pallipes)
Wolves were common in various areas of the Holy Land east and west of the Jordan River throughout the 19th century. Between 1964 and 1980, their population did, however, significantly decline, mostly as a result of persecution by farmers. 
 
A relatively substantial wolf population is currently maintained in Israel thanks to conservation regulations and strong law enforcement, which also affects neighboring nations. Due to its proximity to Central Asia, Turkey may be crucial in preserving wolves in the area. The few wolves that are still there in Syria have found safety in the mountains of Turkey. In the Golan Heights, there is a tiny wolf population that is effectively protected by military operations. Turkish wolves may number as many as 7,000 despite having no legal protection.
 
We know very little about the current wolf populations in Iran, which once roamed the nation in low levels around the middle of the 1970s.
 
There is no accurate estimate of the wolf's population size in the country, despite it being common throughout and only absent in the central desert and Dasht-e Lut. Iran's wolves continue to experience habitat degradation, unrestricted killing, and prey shortages. 
 

Indian Subcontinent:

 The wolf has significant strongholds in the northern regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the northern Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, which cover an area of 60,000 km2 (23,000 sq. mi), and Himachal Pradesh, an additional 50 wolves are thought to exist. In the past, Hindus avoided killing wolves, particularly dangerous ones, because of concern that it would ruin their harvest. However, the Santals regarded them as fair game, just like any other animal that lived in the forest. Wolves were not considered a game species in India during the British era, and they were largely killed because they attacked game herds, cattle, and people. 2,825 wolves were killed in 1876 in the North-West Provinces and Bihar State in response to 721 fatal attacks on humans.
 
Two years later, 2,600 wolves were killed in retaliation for assaults that claimed the lives of 624 people. In the NWP and Awadh, wolf eradication remained a top goal by the 1920s. Between 1871 and 1916, almost 100,000 wolves were killed in British India as part of bounties. The Indian wolf is found in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh in contemporary India. About 2000–3000 Indian wolves are thought to have existed in the nation as of 2004. 
 
The only wolf sanctuary in the nation is the Mahuadanr Wolf Sanctuary in the state of Jharkhand. They typically live outside of protected areas and prey primarily on domestic animals like sheep or goats. Natural prey species are still preferred in regions where they are still common, such as Velavadar National Park or Panna Tiger Reserve. Despite being protected since 1972, Indian wolves are still considered endangered because many populations are still small or are found in places that are being exploited by people more and more. There is no information about wolves living in Bhutan, despite their presence. 
 

Relations With People

Indian wolves have a history of kidnapping, or "child-lifting," as a form of predatory behavior. 624 individuals in Uttar Pradesh and 14 more in Bengal were killed by wolves in 1878. In the Central Provinces in 1900, 285 people died. In Hazaribagh, wolves killed 115 kids between 1910 and 1915, and another 122 kids were killed there between 1980 and 1986. Between March 27, 1996, and July 1, 1996, wolves in the Uttar Pradesh cities of Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, and Sultanpur killed 21 children and maimed 16 others. Twenty of the 80 children who were assaulted by five wolf groups between April 1993 and April 1995 in the Hazaribagh, West Koderma, and Latehar Forest Divisions were saved. 
 
The majority of the summertime abductions took place in the evenings, frequently in human settlements.
Wolf attacks have long been documented in Iran. Similar to India, there have been numerous reports of wolves escaping with young children. Adults have occasionally been attacked, including once when a policeman was killed and half consumed by three wolves after getting off his horse to use the restroom. On January 2, 2005, a wolf pack attacked a homeless man in front of onlookers in the village of Vali Asr, close to the town of Torbat Heydariya, in northeastern Iran. Despite the police's intervention, the victim passed away from his injuries.

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