Of all the color variations in canis lupus the black individuals are the most intriguingblack wolves are so colored because of a genetic mutation in their k locus gene this mutation causes a condition known as melanism an increased presence of dark pigmentation which causes an individual to be colored black or nearly black. New englands professional indoor lacrosse team make your weekends wilder when you come to see the black wolves play at mohegan sun arena in uncasville connecticut. The scientists used molecular genetic techniques to analyze dna sequences from 150 wolves about half of them black in yellowstone national park which covers parts of wyoming montana and idaho. Fact black wolves dont occur naturally a 2008 study at stanford university found that the mutation responsible for black fur occurs only in dogs so black wolves are the result of gray wolves breeding back with domestic canines
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