Giant Wolf, or Direwolf?

I should state upfront that I have not vetted the reliability of the website providing this linked article. I don’t know if its reputation passes scientific credibility muster. (Not “mustard”. Although “Scientific Credibility Mustard” would make for one gonzo name for an Alternative band, don’t you think?) It seems to, and we’ll give the benefit of the doubt.

According to the article, Ron Doctor, a veteran wildlife officer in the Northwest Territories, chanced upon and photographed the pawprint of a wolf measuring a whopping 7½ inches in length. He also measured the distances between tracks, indicative of the animal’s gait. These measurements too were impressive. “…that size—nobody’s ever seen a track that size,” Mr. Doctor said. (If only this guy had a doctorate degree. Then we could accurately refer to him as “Dr. Doctor”. This fact alone should inspire him to return to school to attain that degree. Maybe he’s afraid that, for the rest of his life, people would greet him by saying “Doctor, Doctor, give me the news!”)

About that wolf track. From the linked article: “Anything [as big as this track] is [S]asquatch territory. Or, more accurately, Amarok territory. That’s the legendary lupine of Inuit folklore—a godlike creature who kills lone hunters at night.” Does the print indicate that the Amarok is more than just as myth? One could not tell from just a print that an animal would ever harm a human—wolves are instinctively afraid of humans—but if the print is an accurate indicator of the beast’s overall size, it would certainly have the capability of doing so.

Is the Amarok a relic Direwolf? Or an even bigger, unknown subspecies of wolf? Or is this just a case of gigantism, pertaining to one particular animal?

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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