northern rocky mountains

wolves-in-the-moon  asked:

Hello!! I was wondering if theres any specific wolf breed that you find the most beautiful or majestic, anything along those lines? Personally, I find Northern Rocky Mountain wolves absolutely stunning.

Iberian wolves are one of my favourites, because of their very typical brown coat with dark black accents/marking

And their eyes come in basically all colours possible for wolves. Often a light greenish/yellowish colour

 or light brown/oraneish eyes

Bonus: wild Iberian wolf with heterochromia  

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Wolf species and it's subspecies

There currently are three different wolf species. Below you will find each wolf species with a list of it’s subspecies - both the living and extinct ones.

Note that there has always been constant discussions on whether some subspecies are actually a species on it’s own, and the other way around. Some examples of this are the fact that there is no single hypothesis for the origin of the Red wolf is universally accepted by scientists. DNA analysis and morphological evidence support recognition of the Red wolf as a distinct species from the Gray wolf, but other scientists believe the Red wolf is a subspecies of the Gray wolf. Also, some scientists maintain the Eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) as a species on it’s own (Canis lycaon). Also, some subspecies are yet to be determined, for example Canada’s Pacific Coastal wolves.

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Gray wolf (Canis lupus)

Gray wolf subspecies:

  • Euopean/Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus)
  • Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus)
  • Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus)
  • Tundra wolf (Canis lupus albus)
  • Hudson bay wolf (Canis lupus hundsonicus)
  • Arctic wolf (Canis lupus arctos)
  • Alaskan tundra wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum)
  • Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni)
  • Eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) Note: Some scientists maintain this wolf is a species on it’s own (Canis lycaon).
  • Northern Rocky mountain wolf (Canis lupus irremotus)
  • Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)
  • Mackenzie river wolf (Canis lupus mackenzii)
  • Mackenzie valley wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis)
  • Baffin Island wolf (Canis lupus manningi)
  • Labrador wolf (Canis lupus labradorius)
  • Greenland wolf (Canis lupus orion)
  • Steppe wolf (Canis lupus campestris)
  • Tibetan wolf/Himalayan wolf (Canis lupus chanco) Note: some recognize the Himalayan wolf as it’s own species (canis himalayensis).
  • Buffalo wolf (Canis lupus nubilus)
  • African wolf (Canis lupus lupaster) Note: Earlier considered a subspecies of the Golden Jackal, but recent research proves it is a wolf. read more.
  • Yukon wolf (Canis lupus pambasileus)
  • Vancouver Island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon)
  • Arabian wolf (Canis lupus arabs)
  • Indian wolf/Iranian wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) Note: Recent genetic research suggests that the Indian Wolf, originally considered only as a subpopulation of the Iranian Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), may represent a distinct species Indian wolf (Canis indica).
  • Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
  • Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)


Extinct Gray wolf subspecies:

  • Kenai peninsula wolf (Canis lupus alces)
  • Newfoundland wolf (Canis lupus beothucus)
  • Bernard’s wolf (Canis lupus bernardi)
  • British Columbia wolf (Canis lupus comlumbianus)
  • Florida black wolf (Canis lupus floridanus)
  • Southern Rocky Mountains wolf (Canis lupus youngi)
  • Cascade mountain wolf (Canis lupus fuscus)
  • Manitoba wolf (Canis lupus griseoalbus)
  • Hokkaidō wolf (Canis lupus hattai)
  • Honshū wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax)
  • Mogollon Mountain wolf (Canis lupus mogollensis)
  • Texas wolf (Canis lupus monstrabilis)

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Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis)

Ethiopian wolf subspecies:

  • Northern Ethiopian wolf (canis simensis simensis
  • Southern Ethiopian wolf (canis simensis citernii)

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Red wolf (Canis rufus) Note: Some scientists maintain this wolf a subspecies of the Gray wolf, and there currently is a lot of debate on whether this species is completely extinct or not due to crossbreeding with coyotes

Extinct Red wolf supspecies:

  • Florida Black Wolf (Canis rufus floridanus)
  • Gregory’s wolf (Canis rufus gregoryi)
  • Texas red wolf (Canis rufus rufus)

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African golden wolf (Canis anthus)

Was previously classified as an African variant of the Eurasian golden jackal (Canis aureus) with at least one subspecies (Canis anthus lupaster) having been classified as a Gray wolf (Canis lupus) [x]

Poison Profile

Name: Pacific Yew Tree (Taxus brevifolia)

Found in: Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains

Toxin: Taxoids

Taxoids protect trees from being eaten by animals. In humans they can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, pain, muscle weakness, heart failure, and even death. One taxoid, called paclitaxel, prevents cells from dividing and multiplying. It is made into a drug called Taxol®, whichis used to limit the spread of fast-multiplying cancer cells. It takes more than one ton of yew bark to extract just 10 grams of the cancer-treating medication. In the 1900s several species of the yew tree were threatened from over harvesting; now paclitaxel is made in industrial-scale fermentation tanks.

Poison Plus: Different species of yew trees have traditionally been grown in cemeteries in Europe. In the Harry Potter series, the evil Lord Voldemort’s wand is made of yew.

Learn more in The Power of Poison

Beware of Meister

I’m getting back into writing and have a longer Soul Eater fic coming out soon, but I need a bit of a warm up. Just a short little one shot inspired by a reoccurring conversation between my roommate and myself. 

Posted both on here and FF.net

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It felt like years since they were last home. Granted, they’ve only been gone a few days, but tracking a pack of crafty pre-kishin through the wilderness of the northern reaches of the Rocky Mountains drained them both into lethargy. Their eyes dull with fatigue, they dragged themselves up the stairs leaning on each other for support.

Once inside, packs are discarded, tattered clothes are removed, showers are taken, and their custom injury kit is brought out. Between their being accustomed to the other’s body and the exhaustion, they didn’t shy away from helping the other clean up, though pink dusted their cheeks with no small frequency throughout the  process.

By the time they were finished cleaning the various scrapes they’d accumulated and treating the painful collection of blisters on their feet, it was closing in on 2 am. After Soul declares his intent to ‘never wear those fucking boots ever again’, he stands with Maka’s help and they make their way to his room. Soul settles in and Maka crawls into bed after him. He didn’t ask and she didn’t supply a reason as they curl into each other.

Soul pulls her close and presses a kiss to her temple as he drifts off. Content in the warmth of her partner, Maka lays her head on his chest and her eyes slide shut.

The sound of glass shattering moments later has them snapping back open. Maka meets Soul’s eyes as she pushes herself up off the bed. They listen to an intruder’s footfalls roam about the other rooms of the apartment.

Maka’s expression shifts into an one that Soul recognizes well from all his years of aggravating his meister and watching others do the same. Maka was positively thunderous. She’s on her feet and storming forth to confront their burglar in the next breath. 

They found him rummaging through the living room, seemingly oblivious to their presence. Soul watches as whatever mercy Maka held in her heart dissolves. Exhausted Maka is a ruthless Maka. It is in that moment, the thief turns and catches sight of them. The three stare at each other for a few beats before the man pales and sprints for the door.

Soul didn’t know whether to be pissed that some punk decided that he could break into his and Maka’s apartment or sorry for the stupid bastard. He didn’t have long to ponder on that as Maka takes off after the invader, the thickest and subsequently heaviest hardcover book in the house clutched in her hand and a hoarse battle cry on her lips.

Soul sighs and calls the police before following after her to ensure that his feisty, sleep deprived partner doesn’t add murder to the list of crap they would have to deal with.

The cops arrive on the scene about 20 minutes later to find the poor man with his skull almost perma-chopped into a bowl of grey matter cowering in the stairwell. Maka stood looming over him brandishing her book threateningly every time he tried to escape from the blonde firebrand. At the sight of the officers, the man practically begged to be taken to the precinct.

Soul gives them a quick statement and follows Maka back upstairs after instructing them to return in the morning. If he had to remain upright for one more minute, he’d finish what Maka started with what had to be one of the most unlucky thieves in history.

The pair fall back into bed together and are sleeping the sleep of the dead before their heads even hit the pillow.

A few days later, Blackstar presents to them a black sign declaring “Beware of Meister” in bright orange, cackling as he flees the blows descending from on high in the form of Maka’s textbook.