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Protect Red Wolves From Indiscriminate Hunting

Action: Wildlife Conservation

July 1, 2014   Action Alert ID# 154

 

Right now anti-wildlife special interests are pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end North Carolina's red wolf reintroduction program.

Red wolves were once abundant across the Southeast -- roaming from Virginia to Florida and all the way to east Texas. By 1970, however, they'd been driven to the brink of extinction by decades of persecution and systematic efforts to eliminate wolves from the American landscape. After the species was declared endangered in 1973, the last 17 wild red wolves were captured for a captive breeding program.

Red wolf releases began in North Carolina's Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in the mid 1980s, but recovery efforts have repeatedly been thwarted by illegal shootings that have kept the population from expanding. And now, rather than taking steps to curtail activities that harm red wolves, the Service stands back and the poaching continues.

Please act now to protect red wolves in North Carolina: Urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to continue the reintroduction program and keep the last 100 red wolves in the wild from being returned to captivity.

July 1, 2014   Action Alert ID# 154

 

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