Red wolves are very interesting animals. Red wolves eat rodents, rabbits, raccoons, and deer; mostly meat that is hunted in the woods. As you can tell, wolves are very good hunters. These beautiful creatures live in southeastern Texas and have slowly been moved to central Pennsylvania. Some of the only other places you can find them wild is in eastern North Carolina and the Albemarle Peninsula.
Red wolves are a very endangered species and there are only around 130 still in the wild, the rest of these wolves are held captive in breeding facilities across the country. There are only 200 at those facilities, but scientists are working on repopulating them This is the latest event in an existence full of ups and downs. The red wolf, which still isn’t designated as a true species, was first classified as endangered in 1967 under the Endangered Species Protection Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Acts predecessor.
“In 1987, red wolves were reintroduced at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina,” says myfwc.com. This was done by a group of people called U.S fish and wildlife services; they released around 100 red wolves at the Alligator River and the U.S. wildlife services watched as the population grew to around 225 wolves.
1. Red wolves scientific name is Canis Rufus.
2. As far as people know, no red wolves have attacked any humans.
3. Red wolves can live up to 15 years in captivity but only live up to 6 or 7 in the wild.
Story by Stella Ballard