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Camera-Trap Footage Shows Rare, Much-Debated Red Wolf in the Wild

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:32 PM by chloe owens

11/9/17, by Ethan Shaw, Earth Touch News Network

Camera-trap footage shows rare, much-debated red wolf in the wild

The status of the red wolf – that reddish-brown canid of the American Southeast that's about midway in size and habits between a coyote and a grey wolf – has been in flux for decades, and these days it's up in the air on a number of counts. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is reconsidering its strategy for recovering the animal, among the rarest of the world's wild dogs, and meanwhile taxonomists continue to debate its position on the Canis family tree. In light of all that political and scientific murkiness, it's a pleasure to watch red wolves just doing their thing in the wild. Camera traps maintained by the Wildlands Network conservation group have collected some great video in the heart of the wolf's precarious stronghold on northeastern North Carolina's Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula.