In 2003, the Wolf Conservation Center received its very first red wolves through participation in the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. That same year, a 10-year-old girl heard a red wolf howl at the WCC and it changed her life.
15 years later, the Red Wolf Recovery Program is in decline and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seeks to reduce the recovery area for the world’s only wild red wolves by 90% and limit the population to just 10-15. Moreover, the killing of any red wolf who leaves the newly-designated “recovery” area will be ‘explicitly permissible’.
That 10-year-old girl? She’s now the Director of Education at the WCC and helps thousands of people learn about red wolves and the importance of protecting them.
She’s doing her part to save red wolves. Will you?
On June 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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.
What You Can Do
Please attend the one public hearing the agency is holding and speak on behalf of the wolves:
Date: July 10, 2018
Time: Public information session: 5:30-6:30 pm/Public hearing: 7-9 pm
Location: Roanoke Festival Park, One Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954
Submit Public Comment
Suggested talking points (please personalize your message, if possible) found HERE.