This species of canid is also known as the timber wolf or western wolf. They are native to wild and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and northern, eastern, and western Africa. They are the largest member of the canidae family and specialized for taking down large prey. Gray wolves are highly social animals, with complex hierarchical pack structure. Despite the fear of wolves that pervades many human societies, attacks on humans are very rare and most wolves have an instinctive fear of humans.