New wild litter of Red Wolf pups confirmed in Alligator River Refuge

By on May 5, 2024

Eight newborn Red Wolf pups in their den.  (Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Red Wolf Recovery Program)

(Red Wolf Recovery Program)

On April 18, the Red Wolf Recovery Program confirmed the birth of a wild litter of Red Wolf pups in the Milltail area of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. While this is the third year in a row for a litter in that area, it was far from a given that it would occur this year after the tragic loss of 2323 (the previous breeding male in the Milltail family group) in September 2023.

In a bold attempt to create a new breeding pair, an acclimation pen was quickly constructed in October 2023 within the home range of the resident wild adult female Red Wolf (2225) who birthed the previous two litters. A male Red Wolf (2191), born at Wolf Haven International in Tenino, Washington as part of the Red Wolf SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program, was then placed in it. His release from the pen in late January 2024 was purposefully timed with the breeding season and he and 2225 soon appeared to become a pair.

Close monitoring throughout the winter and early spring began to raise hopes that this somewhat of a longshot new pairing was looking more and more like it was going to be successful.

One peek inside the wild den revealed just how successful it was as we counted out 8 small, content Red Wolf pups all cuddled together in a ball! Their eyes not even open yet, the pups were estimated to be about 9 days old. They were quickly examined, microchipped for future identification, and cheek swabbed for genetics before we hurriedly retreated from the den, allowing 2225 to quickly return to continue caring for the pups.

No further attempts will be made to go into or anywhere near the den since the best thing for these pups now is to give them the space and solitude they need to be raised in the wild. This third consecutive Milltail litter, along with the many other actions being taken by USFWS and our partners, are key to the continued growth of the population and the recovery of Red Wolves. #RedWolf #RedWolfConservation #Endangered #ESA #KeepWildlifeWild

To learn more visit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program and follow them on Facebook.


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  • Greg

    Excellent. Thanks to all of those involved in this. You all did well.

    Sunday, May 5 @ 2:21 pm
  • Just a mom

    Very cool and interesting, well told story!
    Thank you:)

    Sunday, May 5 @ 6:27 pm
  • Kristy

    Can’t wait for the cute names and not just the number identity. Seems they took the Corolla horse theory, name them.

    Sunday, May 5 @ 8:12 pm
  • Glenn

    Wonderful story & news. Thanks for sharing.

    Monday, May 6 @ 7:16 am
  • Luminous

    Note that going to Alligator River NWR “to see the red wolf pups” (even after they emerge from the den) will not be successful. About three years ago a group of red wolf fans were following to photograph, parking for hours to observe, and otherwise bothering red wolves. Then they’d post images and accounts on social media, which drew in more people trying to see the red wolves.

    As a result an increasing area of Alligator River NWR has been closed to public visitors. Last year they added signs prohibiting parking near key intersections. Still the problem continued. This year, there are new signs along a 3-mile section of road barring parking, stopping, or waiting along the road.

    Alligator River NWR also had some visitors who thought it was a good idea to feed black bears on certain back roads, apparently unaware that as rangers will say, “a fed bear is a dead bear”… not dead from human food, but soon dead after learning to seek food from people. Feeding teaches bears to be unafraid of people they should be running from. There is a black bear hunting season at Alligator River NWR.

    Monday, May 6 @ 8:46 am
  • Notanisland

    That ain’t nothing!!! You can now book a tour much like the circus in Corolla. Bombing Range is not even off the radar to the clowns anymore!

    Monday, May 6 @ 10:35 am
  • Lee

    Excellent news!! Hope these pups do well.

    Monday, May 6 @ 11:13 am
  • Sandflea

    Don’t tell Kristi Noem about them!

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 1:58 pm