The Center for Biological Diversity and allies are pushing back against the few vocal, special-interest groups in North Carolina who want to see the red wolf go extinct. If they get their way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate its recovery efforts rather than listen to the thousands of other citizens and scientists who strongly support keeping the program alive.
Red wolves were first reintroduced into the wild in 1987 at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. And today a free-ranging population of 50 to 75 wolves inhabits about 1.7 million acres of federal, private and state lands in northeast North Carolina, making the recovery program a success so far.
While there's still work to be done to properly restore populations, it will be impossible without the commitment of the Service, which has noted it will only move forward with support from local landowners in the recovery area.
September 12, 2015 Action Alert ID# 272
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