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A large wolf that existed in the Pleistocene Era, the Dire Wolf stood about 3' 5" tall and weighed 125-175 pounds. They had a smaller brain case than the average wolf and were bulkier and stronger, with jaws that could crush bone.

Thousands of Dire Wolf skeletons have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits.

Modern day dire wolf

This is the normally accepted depiction of the Dire Wolf


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Dire Wolf skeleton

Said to have lived alongside noteworthy animals, such as Smilodon fatalis, this fierce hunter is a mystery to all as not much is known about it. It lived during the Pleistocene Era, and is the original wild dog.

Not much is known about whether they lived in packs or were solitary creatures, as the only information we have about them is from their skeletons and their modern day descendants.

They could be found living in North and South America, with possibly two variants for each continent.

Possible Sightings[]

The Dire Wolf has not been proved to still exist, but various cryptids and myths around the world have descriptions that uncannily resemble that of a Dire Wolf. These include the Waheela, Shunka Warak'in, Amarok and Fenrir.

They are possibly still alive and thriving in the icy Nahanni Valley, where the Waheela has been sighted.

There have been few sightings, but one in the Nahanni Valley, a sighting of the Waheela, describes it as "a wolf on steroids." In detail, it was described as a large wolf with bulky legs, a wider head, and shorter ears, which describes a Dire Wolf almost exactly.

In Popular Media[]

- Dire wolves became a popular figure after the Game of Thrones book and TV series.

- During the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign mission Demon Within, Dire Wolves attack the player in a WW2 flashback level.

  • The inaccuracy of this is that Dire Wolves died out 10,000 years before the Second World War, so this wouldn't have ever happened, even though in Soviet Russia there were a string of wolf attacks.

- In the game ARK: Survival Evolved, Dire Wolves are among the creatures that the player can have.

- In the popular video game series Final Fantasy, the Dire Wolf resembles Fenrir and is a summon and other important icons across each title.

- In the mobile smartphone app Disco Zoo, the Dire Wolf is an unlockable character for the player's zoo.