FANDOM


Red wolf

Red Wolf (Canis rufus)

The red wolf (Canis rufus) was considered functionally extinct in the wild by 1980 due to habitat distruction and systematic eradication from conflict with farmers.  Red wolves recieved United States endanged species protection due to their dramatic decline.  In 1987 a reintroduction effort was created after rounding up the remaining wild population and extensive captive breeding.

ProtectionEdit

Protection of this species almost disappeared when morthological and genetic evidnce showed that the population of red wolves were actually a hybrid formed from extensive breeding between grey wolves and common coyotes (Canis latrans).

The DebateEdit

As more evidence and genetic testing continues, debate about the hybridization of red wovles and their level of protection also continues.  Some evidence now shows that red wovles are actually an ancient species of their own, evolving along side the grey wolf, and only breeding with coyotes when they can not find a mate of their own species.  


Sources

www.redwolves.com

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.