I photographed this Red Wolf at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida. He had just climbed out of a hole he had been sitting in, as you can see by his tail and left rear leg.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 179 mm
The Red Wolf is found mainly in the Southeastern United States.
From Defenders of Wildlife:
The red wolf is a smaller and a more slender cousin of the gray wolf. It is gray-black, with a reddish cast that gives it the color for which it is named.
The red wolf’s diet consists primarily of small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. Also known to eat insects, berries and occasionally deer.
Red wolves are primarily nocturnal , and communicate by scent marking, vocalizations (including howling), facial expressions and body postures.
Shy and secretive, red wolves hunt alone or in small packs — complex social structures that include the breeding adult pair (the alpha male and female) and their offspring. Red wolves tend to form pair-bonds for life.
Size of the pack varies with the size of available prey populations. A hierarchy of dominant and subordinate animals within the pack helps it to function as a unit. Dens are often located in hollow trees, stream banks and sand knolls.
Endangered Species List (ESA): Red wolves are listed as endangered, with special regulations in designated areas.
Red Wolf Watching