Rediscovering species once thought to be extinct or on the edge of extinction is rare. Red wolves have been extinct along the American Gulf Coast since 1980, with their last populations found in coastal Louisiana and Texas.
But in a paper published yesterday, researchers report the rediscovery of red wolf ghost alleles in a canid population on Galveston Island, Texas.
This could be groundbreaking for the species and broader conservation efforts.
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