Food It hunts meat such as white-tail deer, raccoons, rabbits, and rodents. Life Span Its life span is 10-12 years Social Structure They live in smaller packs than gray wolves, and sometimes solitaire. Gestation The gestation period is 60-63 days. Average Litter The average litter is 4-5 pups, sometimes as few as 1 pup, sometimes as many as 9 pups. Predators
Natural enemies of the red wolf are humans, alligators, and parasites such as mange and heartworm. At two island propagation sites in South Carolina and Florida, wolves have been killed by alligators. One of the alligators swallowed the radio collar and biologists followed the radio signal right to the gator.
Why Endangered? Three problems threaten the future of red wolves - the loss of habitat, the hunting of wolves, and red wolves mating with coyotes. Red wolves need 10 - 100 square miles of habitat to hunt and live. Threats to Survival
What is being done to protect this species?
The red wolf is an endangered species and is protected by federal law. There are a number of groups that are involved with protecting wolves. Captive breeding is being done by many of those groups, and the re-introduction of red wolves is being done in certain parts of the United States. Wolves are free-ranging in a reintroduced population in northeastern North Carolina, and on three islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Florida.
Red Wolf Coalition
P.O. Box 231
Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948
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Follow the magnificent and rare red wolf from the brink of extinction, to captivity, then back into wild. For many years Roland was the Red Wolf Species coordinator. An insider's look at how animals are reintroduced into the wild
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