Overview

Red wolfs are located in western Texas in forest areas, with lots of trees and shrubs.

Facts

The red wolf is greatly different than every other species of wolf. Red wolfs are smaller than their gray wolf cousins, averages about 40-50 pounds. They prey on small animals such as rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, muskrats, nutria, and small deer. Red wolf pups are born. The entire pack is involved in raising them.

The Plan

In 1973, the red wolf recovery plan was done and forcing the plan was beginning. There were over 400 canids captured between 1973 and 1980, but only 17 were considered genetic red wolves. Unfortunately , in 1980 they considered endangered. A handful was kept in captivity.

The Endangered Wolf Center received its first pair of red wolves in 1981 and the plan was to breed both animals to grow the population big enough to release them back into the wild. About 5 percent of red foxes where born in captivity.

The Return

Red wolves where successfully returned to the wild in other areas, such as island refuges off the coasts of North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. By releasing them into the wild, it gave them a chance to adapt to hunting, being able to acclimate to larger areas, and experience little human interference.