red wolf

noun

Definition of 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

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Once common across the Southeast, the red wolf had been considered extinct in the wild as of 1980. Washington Post, "US proposes shrinking last endangered red wolf habitat," 27 June 2018 Many have cited the success of red wolf reintroduction as inspiration for creating programs for gray wolves in Wyoming and Arizona. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 Gray wolves average 65 pounds and red wolves weigh about 50. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018 Meanwhile coyotes would breed with red wolves, creating hybrids that watered down the gene pool. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 The wonder: North Carolina's wealth of wildlife, including 121 mammal species from armadillos to red wolves. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 In 1980, the Fish and Wildlife Service declared red wolves extinct in the wild. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018 Once common across the Southeast, the red wolf had been considered extinct in the wild as of 1980. Washington Post, "Government: Wild red wolf population could soon be wiped out," 24 Apr. 2018 The endangered red wolf population could be completely gone in the next ten years. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Red wolves nearing extinction — only 40 left in the wild," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of red wolf

1840, in the meaning defined above

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