Red Wolves Deserve Better!
Red wolves are fascinating creatures. These shy, primarily nocturnal predators once roamed from Pennsylvania to Florida, but they were declared extinct in the wild in 1980. In 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reintroduced captive red wolves back into the wild in an effort to restore them to their native lands - and the recovery program was once a model for successful endangered species reintroduction efforts!
But recently, under constant pressure from a vocal minority who do not want to see red wolves restored, FWS has not followed through to make red wolf recovery stick. And now, wild red wolf numbers are plummeting.
The Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina is in jeopardy. On Tuesday, May 24, FWS published a notice of intent to revise existing rules for the management of the wild population of red wolves in North Carolina – a revision that could end the red wolf recovery program in the wild.
The wolves in northeastern North Carolina are the only wild red wolves in the world and they deserve the utmost protection. FWS has the science, the tools and the public support to recommit to this highly successful recovery program – all they need is the willpower and the courage to stand up to those who wish to see these native animals go extinct in the wild.
Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recommit to red wolf recovery.