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Updated: Oct 14, 2023

About Red Wolves

This magnificent animal was pushed to the brink of extinction in 1970. This is where the fight for them began. Interaction with humans poses a great threat to red wolves. They suffer habitat loss and poachers. Around the 1900s, there were many trees and shrubs for them to hide out in—and now, there is less than half of the tree population.

Red wolves are easily seen by humans since they have nowhere to perform their elusive talent. This leaves them completely open to the hunter’s eye. In 2013, 6 red wolves were found shot. Red wolves and grey wolves are venturing outside of the protected area provided for them by conservationists. This gives the poachers full access to the wolves. The red wolves do not know where the border of the protected ground ends—leaving them vulnerable.

Red wolves are often shot being mistaken for coyotes. Both of these canines look very much alike—big ears, slim faces, and large eyes. Even their grey and red fur coloring look identical. Lots of wolves—mainly those who are wrongly accused of harming humans are shot deliberately.

Now, there are less than 14 individuals left in the wild today.

By stepping in and voicing your opinion, you are helping save the lives of so many innocent wolves and other animals. The red wolf is known as ‘America’s Forgotten Wolf’ But doesn’t have to be. Get involved now to help save this magnificent species before it is too late.


Thanks to the Red Wolf Recovery Program, there are estimated to be 14 red wolves in the wild now. In 2022, 5 red wolf pups were collared--which resulted in the increase of the red wolf population. But, this number has only increased by 4--leaving red wolves STILL on the brink of extinction.

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