Petition: Protect Red Wolves in North Carolina!

Petition: Protect Red Wolves in North Carolina!

Due to a recovery program, the few red that are left live only in the state of after being released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge from a program.

As of 2001, there were about 120 red in the wild, but their population is down. There are currently less than 40 in the wild. Red wolves are predicted to be extinct in eight years.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is supposed to protect them under the Act, but has been failing them.

They issue permits allowing them to be killed and do not investigate illegal killings.

This greatly affects their population and recovery because the leading cause of death for these animals is gunfire.

Now they’re planning to hurt the population even more to the brink of extinction.

The FWS has proposed to reduce the red wolves’ recovery area by 90 percent. In the little bit of habitat they’d have, it’s estimated that less than 15 red would survive.

Sherry Samuels, animal department director at the Museum of Life and Science, says about the wolves: “It’s just an impressive thing to watch them, how they care for each other and how they each have their role.

If we lose them, we lose an opportunity to show we are better. As humans, we can do better.”

Sign this petition to let the FWS know you oppose their proposal to reduce the recovery area for the red and they should be doing everything they can to help the wolves recover.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 July 2019.

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