Trail Cam Meets Rare Black Wolf in Minnesota
The center also notes that black wolves are still part of the grey wolf species, they just happen to have black fur. They’re also generally less aggressive and their rarity is due to a high rate of pup-mortality compared to their normal grey counterparts.
There are about 2,700 wolves in Minnesota, as of 2019, according to the DNR. If estimates are correct and only about 2% of the state’s wolves are black, this means there are only about 50 of them in Minnesota.
Although Minnesota’s total wolf population number may seem low at a glance, there are only roughly 13,000 wolves in the entirety of the U.S., with the lion’s share residing in Alaska. This means that Minnesota is home to roughly 20% of America’s wolves and a huge portion of those living on the mainland continent. According to the International Wolf Center, “from 1980 to 2020, biologists in Minnesota found between 1.5 to 2 percent of the wolves to be black.”