red wolf


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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Federal protections were first put in place in 1967 for two other subspecies of wolves, the red wolf and the eastern timber wolf, said USFWS. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gray wolves could be dropped from endangered species list," 12 July 2019 The hall of mammals had sixteen permanent exhibits, which included buffalo, elk, white tail deer, raccoon, badger, red wolf, coyotes and many others. Dallas News, "Is the Dallas Museum of Natural History at Fair Park open to the public? Curious Texas investigates," 21 June 2019 Officials at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka said the nearly 8-week-old American red wolf is rare and worthy of celebration, like the hockey win. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 In their heyday, the larger red wolves ruled through intimidation. Darryl Fears, The Denver Post, "Killing wolves was supposed to solve a problem but created issue with coyotes," 3 June 2019 This article has been corrected to reflect that Eastern and red wolves were descendants rather than ancestors of gray wolves and coyotes. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission asked the federal government to end the red wolf conservation program in 2015. Alex Derosier, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina gov: Endangered wolf protection should stay," 31 July 2018 Only about 35 red wolves remain in the wild — all in eastern North Carolina — down from 120 a decade ago. Alex Derosier, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina gov: Endangered wolf protection should stay," 31 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of red wolf

1840, in the meaning defined above

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