Howling for the Red Wolf | Village Nature Series

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Written by: Julie Schott – Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust | Problem: 2021/09 – September

The myths and mysteries of the Red Wolf are explored in Howling for the Red Wolf: Getting to Know the Malaligned and Misunderstood with Tori Duval from the WNC Nature Center. This free program will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers.


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The red wolf is the most endangered wolf in the world. Once common in the eastern and south-central United States, red wolf populations were decimated in the early 20th century as a result of intensive predator control programs and degradation and alteration of the habitat of the species. This is the subject of the Village Nature series for September, Howl for the Red Wolf: Getting to Know the Evil and the Misunderstood with Tori Duval from the WNC Nature Center.

The American red wolf has been on the endangered species list since 1973. Until recently, the wild population of the North Carolina coast was successfully increasing, but due to human intervention and coyote hybridization, the wild population is now down to about 20 individuals. The WNC Nature Center is part of a breeding and management program known as the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. The WNC Nature Center has two red wolves in the center. They will be offering a special promotion at an event in October with the Red Wolves for those participating in the Village Nature series.

The red wolf (Canis rufus) is a native North American canid intermediate in size between the Coyote (Canis latrans) and the gray wolf (Canis lupus). Red Wolves are predominantly brown and buff with some black down the back, often with a reddish color on the ears, head, and legs. Adult red wolves weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. Red wolves have a broad head with a broad muzzle, large pointy ears, and long, slender legs with large feet. Red Wolves stand around 26 inches at their shoulder and are about 4 feet long from tip of nose to tip of tail.

The Village Nature series is an educational collaboration between the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green sponsored by the Cedar Creek Club.

To learn more, including how to donate to these programs, visit VillageGreenCashiersNC.com/calendar and search for the Village Nature series.


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