Red wolves are critically endangered, but there is still time.
After more than 30 years of intensive restoration efforts, the red wolf (Canis rufus) remains at risk of extinction in the wild. Once southeastern North America's top canid predator, the red wolf presently roams free in only a tiny sliver of its historical range on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in North Carolina. Although some taxonomic questions about the red wolf's origins remain, evidence now indicates that this North American native canid is indeed a distinct species. Three decades of recovery efforts have resulted in one of the most outstanding achievements in endangered species conservation: the restoration of a large carnivore that had vanished entirely from the wild. The red wolf as a species has survived despite systematic extermination programs, habitat disruption, and hybridization with its close relative, the coyote, but the challenges to its continued existence are significant, and the future of the red wolf is uncertain. If red wolves are to persist as a representation of the history and original ecology of the North American continent, conservation efforts must continue along with public involvement and advocacy.
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