This Valentine’s Day the red wolf needs your love!
The red wolf is on the brink of extinction with fewer than 50 left in the wild, down from a peak population of 130 approximately 10 years ago. These remaining wild red wolves live in eastern North Carolina under mandated management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Red Wolf Recovery Program.
The USFWS is required by the Endangered Species Act to protect the endangered red wolf. But now, the Red Wolf Recovery Program has been closed down pending a USFWS review and could be permanently terminated by September 2016. That would doom the red wolf to extinction in the wild, with the last remaining wild red wolves trapped and placed in zoos and nature centers.
This current ‘ceasing of operations’ is doing great damage to a previously successful 28 year recovery effort. Dedicated USFWS field staff have lost the ability to monitor and support this small and vulnerable population, including a landmark puppy fostering program, threatened by the loss of a critical number of breeding pairs that could sustain a viable population.
If you love the red wolf, tell the USFWS to fully reinstate the program and save the red wolf from the brink of extinction in the wild.