In an effort to broaden awareness and understanding for the red wolf recovery effort in North Carolina and the implications of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule seeking to significantly change the size, scope, and management of the current red wolf recovery program in the state, the Wolf Conservation Center is extending a free webinar with Joseph Hinton, Ph.D. on Wednesday, July 18 at 6pm (EST).
The WCC hopes this educational opportunity inspires public participation during USFWS’s public comment period on the proposed rule – the comment period ends July 30.
The free webinar can be accessed via the following link:
We ask that individuals register for the webinar in advance, as this will allow us to better plan for the event and will allow participants time to prepare to use the Zoom platform. You will receive a confirmation email after registering, which will contain information about how to access the webinar.
New to Zoom? Simply click the registration link and follow the instructions that appear. We recommend registering before Wednesday to allow time for downloading the Zoom application if needed.
Please reach out to the Wolf Conservation Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns regarding the webinar on Wednesday.
On June 28, the USFWS announced a proposal that will no doubt result in the extinction of red wolves in the wild. Today, fewer than 30 wolves remain in the wild.
Beyond reducing the red wolf recovery area by nearly 90% and limiting the wild population to just 10-15 wolves, USFWS, the very agency charged by federal law with protecting endangered species, will allow people to kill red wolves who stray beyond the newly-designated recovery area – and without any repercussions.
There is a perceived notion that red wolves are a local or regional issue and that only the residents of North Carolina are impacted by the results of this recovery effort. Endangered species recovery, however, is a matter of pride and concern for all U.S. citizens. This is not an isolated issue for North Carolina. By succumbing to political pressure, the USFWS is allowing a small group of vocal landowners to dictate endangered species policy instead of adhering to proven scientific principles and practices.
You can read more about the proposal—including the options that the USFWS considered but did not choose—in the Draft Environmental Assessment.
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