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Canis Rufus Red Wolf Originally the red wolf roamed as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as central Texas By the late 1930s only two populations are believed to have remained one in the OzarkQuachita Mountain region of Arkansas Oklahoma and Missouri and the other in southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas Nearly extinct only a few decades ago the red wolf has begun to recover with the help of captive breeding and reintroduction programs The red wolf got its name from the reddish color of the head ears and legsshown in the picture above Weighing 45 to 80 pounds the red wolf is smaller than the gray wolf and larger than the coyote The head of the red wolf is broader than the coyotes but more narrow than the gray wolfs The exact identity of the red wolf has been debated for decades with some authorities considering it a species some considering it a subspecies of the gray wolf and some considering it a cross-breed of the coyote and the gray wolf In the wild red wolves normally establish life-long mates They reach breeding maturity in their second or third year and breed in February or March of each year The female wolf sometimes assisted by the male finds or digs a suitable den in areas such as hollow logs ditch banks or under rock outcrops Two to six pups are born in March or April The pups are born with their eyes closed and are completely dependent on their mother for about 2 months Red wolf packs are smaller than those of the gray wolf and consist of an adult pair and young of the current and previous years Similar to gray wolves red wolves are very social and territorial with aggression among pack members sometimes resulting in death There are
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