- Feb 21, 2013
The population of Red Wolves is down to fifty. I'm no expert, but I'd say that was well below a viable breeding population for longterm species survival. I think they're probably gone. A friend in her eighties remembers her father in East Texas hunting them down by the dozens. It was a favorite with hunters and considered a pest to ranchers and sheep men among others. When her father grew older, Red Wolves disappeared in East Texas, and he explained this by saying they had moved north and west. That was mostly a fantasy. Some migrated, no doubt, but mostly the population was in decline. Now with "cousins mating with cousins," the wolves are probably already nearly extinct. Meanwhile, fox and coyote have moved into the suburbs and even the cities, dining out on household pets and human refuse. One hopes they eat some rats and other varmint. The last of the Red Wolves are probably headed to the dioramas at natural history museums. I'm hoping for a rebound, but I think this is dreamy optimism.