Living in a variety of habitats, red wolves help maintain the balance and health of ecosystems by removing old and sick animals. They eat white-tailed deer, raccoons, nutria, rabbits, and small rodents, and provide a benefit by eating small predators that prey on ground-nesting birds, such as quail and turkey.
Red wolves have aesthetic value too. Outdoor enthusiasts, including many hunters, say they like being in an environment where the full natural diversity of wildlife still exists. The presence of red wolves contributes significantly to local economies from people wanting to see and learn more about this endangered species.