Conservation and Trapping Science

Red Wolf Populations Could Be Revived With 'Ghost' Genes From Coyotes, Scientists Say
Jun 30, 2022 09:03 ET

(NEW YORK) — Scientists are hopeful that the endangered red wolf population, absent from the wild for decades, could be revived now that a significant portion of its DNA has been found in wild coyote populations.

Red wolves have not existed in the wild along the Gulf Coast — southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas — since the last known members of the species were captured in 1980 to establish a captive breeding population, according to a study published in Science Advances on Wednesday.

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