red wolf


: a wolf (Canis rufus synonym C. niger) originally of the southeastern U.S. that has been extirpated from most of its natural range

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The red wolf once roamed a huge swath of the eastern United States. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2022 Some that were studied were found to have around 70 percent of red wolf DNA while others have less. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 11 Aug. 2022 The findings suggest that using less lethal strategies to manage coyote populations will enable the red wolf genetic ancestry to persist, even though the species no longer exists in the wild, according to the study. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 29 June 2022 Other examples of red wolf ancestry have previously appeared in Texas. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 11 Aug. 2022 Scientists are hopeful that the endangered red wolf population, absent from the wild for decades, could be revived now that a significant portion of its DNA has been found in wild coyote populations. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 29 June 2022 Roberts explained that this matchmaking is especially crucial for species like the red wolf that have extremely small populations. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 4 June 2022 Breeding programs are seen as critical to ensuring the red wolf population has a future. Natasha Dado,, 24 Apr. 2022 During the 2021-2022 breeding season, the number of red wolf breeding pairs jumped to 38, the agency said. Natasha Dado,, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red wolf was in 1840

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“Red wolf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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