This is a photo of our future red wolf male- #1369. He is about 4 years old and he has spent the last 2.5 years at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. He weighs an impressive 75 pounds. (our current wolves weigh about 55 pounds).
Arrangements are being made for his arrival (I’ll likely drive up to NY and get him the end of October) as well as our future female, #1227. She’s about 6 years old and you’ll have to wait to learn about her.
Please leave a note in the comment section if you have any questions!
It’s hard to say what you saw Sandra. Could be a fox, or another canid. Contact us directly at the Museum if you want more help: http://www.ncmls.org/contactPosted by: Sherry Samuels
I saw a very dark animal in my yard this week in southport, nc.
I got a very poor picture of it in the very early morning (prior to 6 AM) almost dark. I tried enhancing the picture and it looks smaller in the picture than it was. It had a bushy tail and fairly long legs?
Any ideas from this confusing description? Do we have any very dark colored fox in NC?
It sounds like you saw a gray or timber wolf. since you are sure it wasn’t a coyote (although the western coyote I believe is much larger than the eastern). These are the wolves out west in the Wyoming, Montana, Idaho areas. They are much bigger than red wolves, so 90 pounds is not surprising.
How cool for you!
I was out in Wyoming last summer on a motorcycle ride. I had stopped off for some dinner and whatnot, when a couple of girls ran up and asked for some help with a wounded deer. It had been hit by a car. So I went to see what was up, saw the deer, and next thing we new a huge red wolf came out of the trees and started howling and screaming at us. At the time I was totally blown away by the wolf, having never even heard of a red wolf. I just kind of stood there and checked him out. I was withing 10 paces. Id put him at, at least, 90 pounds, and there was no way he was a coyote. He had a massive head and, was more than twice the size of any coyote ive ever seen. And ive seen plenty of them. Well the deer managed in her terror to drag herself up, and the wolf ran after her, and since then I put it from my mind. Except as a cool story to tell at parties. Well here I was bored and surfing the web, and decided to do a bit of research about my red wolf sighting, and I came across this sight among afew others, and was rather surprised to hear that they are more or less exclusively limited in range to the east, and further practically extinct. So I thought maybe it would be a good idea to write in and comment about what I had seen, and see what the experts have to say. Hopefully this will help somebody out. Thanks,
Thank you! I realize that it is unlikely what I saw was a red wolf but was so struck by the size of the animal that I felt there may have been a chance it wasn’t a coyote. I got a good look at it. I wanted to be sure that if it was a red wolf that I passed the info onto people who would know what to do with it! Still it has sparked my interest in this interesting and before yesterday unknown to me animal.Posted by: Jennifer
Jennifer,Thanks for your comment. While we can’t be 100% certain, we have to assume what you saw was a large coyote You can see one of our other posts for more details on the similarities between the two species. The Fish and Wildlife Service is certain that no red wolves exist in the Southeast outside the population in Eastern NC.Posted by: Larry
A few years back my father and I were driving through an area swamp. We spotted the biggest coyote either of us had ever seen. Recently, I was looking up some info on coyotes and came across the red wolf. Is is possible that’s what we saw? The animal looked like a coyote that was as big as a Labrador and was buff in color. Curiously, we live in Georgia. Photos of the red wolf look so much like what I saw that I thought I might need to report it to someone since a red wolf here might be very important but I can’t seem to find an organization I could contact for a follow up. If you could pass any info along here in the comments I’d appreciate it!Posted by: Jennifer
Hi anonymous. I am glad you have come to love our brother wolves- us too! The red wolf population is managed as one big group. Every summer the group gets together and looks at the population and what wolves need to be moved for the best of the species. I have posted about it earlier (you can search “red wolf” on the blog and learn a variety of things).It is very hard to say goodbye. I have some Keepers that are pretty sad right now, and it looks like you are too. Hopefully you will grow to love our new wolves as much as these guys (however, be prepared that at some point they will be heading on as well).You can contact me directly to talk/email, just go through the museum website or phone.Hope this helps a little.Posted by: Sherry
I am sorry maybe I missed it before but why was it decided to move the 2 brothers we have come to love so much?? thx…Posted by: Anonymous
Hi james m. Thanks for asking about the female wolf. #1227 should be arriving the end of October/beginning of November. I’m working on the specific plans for her now. When I know more, I’ll share the info.Posted by: Sherry
When will he be joined by the female?Posted by: James
He’s beautiful!Posted by: Beck