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

Examples of red wolf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's also talk of establishing a red wolf breeding and research facility in Arkansas. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 Guests can expect to see the pups in the zoo’s red wolf habitat in June. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 13 May 2021 The four red wolf pups remaining at the Akron Zoo, three males and one female, are currently living in a den box in a private habitat. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 13 May 2021 The preliminary ruling comes in a lawsuit filed late last year by red wolf conservation groups in a federal court in North Carolina, the only place in the world where the wolf roams wild outside of zoos or wildlife refuges. Jonathan Drew, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Gray wolves once occupied most of what is now the contiguous United States—basically everywhere except the Southeast (which was red wolf territory). Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 5 Nov. 2020 But other cases, like red wolves and Mexican gray wolves, have fared less well, with wild populations estimated at 40 and 131, respectively. Elizabeth Miller/undark, Popular Science, 11 Jan. 2020 Conservation groups say the red wolf population has declined sharply as the government abandoned proven recovery methods. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2019 Conservation groups say the red wolf population has declined sharply as the government abandoned proven recovery methods. NBC News, 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of red wolf

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Red wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20wolf. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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