The Florida Red Wolf was a subspecies of the Canis rufuswhich is believed by some to be a direct descendent of Canis edwardii the first North American canine clearly identifiable as a wolf. The Florida Red Wolf which was identified as the red wolf subspecies Canis rufus floridus in 1912 by zoologist Geriit Smith Miller was also known as the Cottontail Red Wolf and the Black Wolf. They were usually found either in pairs or small family groups rather than in packs.
The Florida Red Wolf weighed from 44 to 88 pounds and measured 26 to 31 inches high at the shoulder. Many of these wolves found in Georgia and Tennesee were black which is where they got the name Black Wolf.