A rare red wolf has been caught on a trail-cam in North Carolina’s Alligator River Wildlife Refuge. The wolf is one of the world’s most endangered carnivores, and fewer than 17 adults are thought to exist in the wild today.
“People have killed them for generations,” Will Harlan, Southeast director for the Center for Biological Diversity in North Carolina, told Newsweek. “They were targeted in extermination campaigns throughout the 20th century. By 1980, red wolves were declared extinct in the wild.”