Red wolf (Canis rufus)

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Listing Status:    and  

General Information

As their name suggests, red wolves are known for the characteristic reddish color of their fur most apparent behind the ears and along the neck and legs, but are mostly brown and buff colored with some black along their backs. Intermediate in size to gray wolves and coyotes, the average adult red wolf weighs 45-80 pounds, stands about 26 inches at the shoulder and is about 4 feet long from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail.

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Red wolf 

  • Population location: Entire, except where listed as experimental populations below

    Listing status:  Endangered

    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida , North Carolina , South Carolina
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge  ... Show All Refuges
  • Population location: U.S.A. (portions of NC and TN_see 17.84(c)(9))

    Listing status:  Experimental Population, Non-Essential

 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
03/11/1967 Southeast Region (Region 4) Entire, except where listed as experimental populations below
11/19/1986 Southeast Region (Region 4) U.S.A. (portions of NC and TN_see 17.84(c)(9))

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
12/09/1997 62 FR 64799 64800 ETWP; 90-Day Finding for a Petition To Delist the Red Wolf
01/13/1992 57 FR 1246 1250 ETWP; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Delist the Red Wolf, Canis rufus; 57 FR 1246 1250
11/04/1991 56 FR 56325 56334 ETWP; Determination of Experimental Population Status for an Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina and Tennessee; 56 FR 56325 56334
08/07/1991 56 FR 37513 37519 ETWP; Proposed Determination of Experimental Population Status for an Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina and Tennessee; 56 FR 37513 37519
07/24/1986 51 FR 26564 26569 Proposed Determination of Experimental Population Status for Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina; 51 FR 26564-26569
03/11/1967 32 FR 4001 Endangered Species List - 1967
11/05/1999 64 FR 60454 Notice of Three Public Open Houses Prior to Proposing a Revision to the Special Rule for a Nonessential Experimental Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina
04/13/1995 60 FR 18941 18948 ETWP; Revision of the Special Rule for Nonessential Experimental Populations of Red Wolves in North Carolina and Tennessee
11/19/1986 51 FR 41790 41797 Determination of Experimental Population Status for Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina; 51 FR 41790-41797
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
11/19/1986 51 FR 41790 41797 Determination of Experimental Population Status for Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina; 51 FR 41790-41797
11/04/1991 56 FR 56325 56334 ETWP; Determination of Experimental Population Status for an Introduced Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina and Tennessee; 56 FR 56325 56334

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
10/26/1990 Red Wolf Recovery/Species Survival Plan View Implementation Progress Final Revision 2
Five Year Review
Date Title
09/28/2007 Red Wolf 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Red wolf.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Red wolf.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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