red wolf

noun
a small, reddish-gray American wolf, Canis rufus, similar to the coyote: once abundant in the southeastern U.S., it is now near extinction in the wild.

Origin:
1940–45

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So has the red wolf, whose wild population was extinct until captive breeding
  and release into the wild began.
Other mammals including the red wolf and stump-tailed macaque might also be
  hybrids.
Some scientists have suggested that the red wolf is a hybrid of the gray wolf
  and the coyote, but that's been disputed of late.
Bull gators coughed and roared back in the swamps, and once there came a lonely
  howl that he identified as the red wolf.
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