Or did they? G. McIsaac has drawn our attention to an animal in the First Nations traditions of British Columbia - the Wilderness Wolf. This, he argues, may represent a population of surviving Dire Wolves - and who is to say he is wrong?
By the way, did you know that, in the folklore of Pennsylvania, if you kill and stuff a wolf, it will come back to life at night. If your traveling in Pennsylvania after dark, bring a packet of dog biscuits with you to throw to it. Wolves aren't noted for attacking humans, but a wolf like this might be a different matter. Such wolves are called Spook Wolves.