Nikon D300 ~ 18-200mm Nikkor lens
f 5.6 ~ 1/320s ~ ISO 800
Taken at Point Defiance in Tacoma, Washington (USA)
Point Defiance has a new litter (well, sort of new….about 6 weeks old) of red wolf puppies. My daughter and I went up to see if we could spot the puppies yet. One came out of the den for a few minutes and that was it!! A bit of a disappointment, but so be it. We still got some good shots of some of the other animals at the park. This is Millie, the puppies mother.
The red wolf (Canis lupus rufus, formerly Canis rufus) is a North American canid which once roamed throughout the Southeastern United States. Based on fossil and archaeological evidence, the original red wolf range extended throughout the Southeast, from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, north to the Ohio River Valley and central Pennsylvania, and west to central Texas and southeastern Missouri. Historical habitats included forests, swamps, and coastal prairies, where it was an apex predator. The red wolf being morphologically midway between grey wolves and coyotes, recent genetic research indicate it may actually be a hybrid species. The red wolf became extinct in the wild by 1980. 1987 saw a reintroduction in northeastern North Carolina through a captive breeding program and the animals are considered to be successfully breeding in the wild.
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