Endangered Red Wolf by AuntDot

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This red wolf is a resident of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida. See below for details on this endangered animal.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon tz 55-250 lens at 214 mm
Edited in Photoshop7
1805 views as of March 9, 2014

FEATURED in High Quality Images, May 12, 2011
FEATURED in The Addicted Photographer, May 6, 2011

From National Geographic:
While little is known about historic red wolf numbers, these canids once ranged across the southeast from Florida to possibly as far north as New England and west to Texas. As the country started to be settled by Europeans, hunting and habitat loss chipped away at the wolves.
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.
From Wikipedia:
The Red Wolf has a brownish or cinnamon pelt, with grey and black shading on the back and tail. Its muzzle is white furred around the lips. Black specimens have been recorded, but these are probably extinct. The Red Wolf is generally intermediate in size between the Coyote and the Gray Wolf. Males can reach up to five feet in length and 80 lbs. in weight. Like the Gray Wolf, it has almond-shaped eyes, a broad muzzle and a wide nosepad, though like the Coyote, its ears are proportionately larger. The Red Wolf has a deeper profile, longer and broader head than the coyote, and has a less prominent ruff than the Gray Wolf.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    It is a beautiful animal. Wonderful nature work.

  • Thank you so much, Lori. I had to paint out the fence behind him and I’m pleased with the way the wolf stands out now. Trying to learn a little Photoshop…not easy to learn without lessons!

    – AuntDot

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Dot. There is a series of video lessons on photoshop, if you are interested in them, I will send you the info on getting to them. They are helping me with CS5

  • Thanks, Rosie. I can use all the help I can get, although I’m using PS7 not CS5. I’d like to take a look at those video lessons, so send me a link if it isn’t too much trouble. I appreciate it!

    – AuntDot

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    Background removal is very difficult with animals. There often isn’t enough contrast to work with. I am still learning, too.

  • Yes, there’s no clear line, especially with the sunlight the way it was in this photo. I think he looks so much better without the fence showing. Now he looks like he’s in the wild.

    – AuntDot

  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyover 3 years ago

    Lets hope the gray wolf is not headed back to the same problem.

    My Journal Entry

  • I hate the idea that the gray wolf is being hunted. There must be a better way. Thanks for visiting and commenting, and happy birthday, Scott.

    – AuntDot

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Nice capture. He’s a beauty. A fave.

  • Thank you, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago
    magnificent capture
  • Thanks so much, Kathy!

    – AuntDot

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Cool capture Dot!

  • Thanks much, Cee!

    – AuntDot

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot of a magnificent animal, Dot:-)))

  • Thank you, Brenda. Practicing erasing backgrounds…he looks better without the chain link fence behind him.

    – AuntDot

  • Shane Jones
    Shane Jonesover 3 years ago

    Nice capture Dot!! Not too many Red Wolves left.

  • You’re right, Shane, though there are programs going on to increase their numbers. There are only a few hundred red wolves, which is pretty pathetic. I feel fortunate to have seen and captured one, albeit in captivity, and the endangered Florida panther as well. Thanks much for your comment.

    – AuntDot

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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