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Red wolf
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Trinomial name
Canis lupus rufus
Audubon & Bachman, 1851

The red wolf (Canis lupus rufus) is a fast-running canid, territorial carnivore. These social mammals live and hunt in small packs. The red wolf is an endangered species of wolf from the Eastern North America. Red wolves were on the verge of extinction during the early 1900's, due to loss of habitat and hunting by farmers; these wolves may be starting to recover. Red wolves mate for life and have 2 to 6 pups each spring.

The red wolf is strong and fast. Its favourite food is elk and caribou. It weighs up to 40-60 kg. It is 95 cm tall and 100-150 cm long.

There is a lot of controversy about its taxonomy, which is not settled yet.

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