Despite its name, the maned wolf is not a wolf at all, nor is it a fox, coyote, or dog. It is the only member of the Chrysocyon genus, making it a truly unique animal, not closely related to any other living canid. One hypothesis for this is that the maned wolf is the last surviving species of the Pleistocene Extinction, which wiped out all other large canids from the continent.
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur. This mammal is found in open and semi-open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees, in south, central-west and south-eastern Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia east and north of the Andes.
This is what upsets me about living in TN. Everyone mistaken a coyote for a wolf. I hear this all the time. Also the other is that there is black panthers running around. And I have bigfoot living in my shed in the backyard, lol
This photograph, taken sometime before 1921, shows two thylacines at the Hobart Zoo, the smaller one a juvenile. The now extinct thylacine was commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf, yet it was neither indigenous to Tasmania nor directly related to either of its namesakes. In fact, it was the largest meat-eating marsupial to have existed since the extinction of the Thylacoleo, or so-called ‘marsupial lion’.
As the largest canine species in South America it is interesting to note that the Maned Wolf isn't a wolf (or a fox) at all. It's actually a member of its own genus! Although due to its coloring, many people refer to it as a "red fox on stilts." Their mane, which runs from the back of the head to shoulders, can be erected in order to intimidate other animals or if it feels threatened.
Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), extinct for 80 years: The Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf, or thylacine was the largest carnivorous marsupial on earth until the last one died in captivity in 1936.