Another Great Endangered Animal
Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
Red wolves are extreme hunters because they have heightened senses that put those of humans to shame. Their senses of smell, sight, and hearing are way beyond what we are able to detect. During the night, red wolves are very active. They stalk silently across the land, except when they are letting out the occasional howl (which is thought to be a means of communicating and bonding). Red wolves are smaller than gray wolves, but larger than coyotes.
The red wolf’s tracks are about 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. Its front feet are usually broader and longer than its rear feet. Wolf tracks usually appear in a straight line, with rear footprints overlapping the front footprints. All wolves, including the red wolf, have adapted to long-distance travel over different types of terrain. Their toes can adapt to the uneven ground so the animal can maintain speed when necessary.
Subspecies (Southern U.S.): rufus