Recovering The Red Wolf

Federal wildlife specialists are holding a teacher education program on the recovery of the rare red wolf at an eastern North Carolina refuge.

The program Thursday is designed to teach the teachers about the endangered animal that was reintroduced to the wild in North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says North Carolina is home to the world's only wild population of red wolves.

The wolf can be found in parts of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort counties.

Red wolves once were common in the Southeast but were killed as nuisances until they were declared extinct in the wild by 1980. Pairs of the wolf from a captive breeding program were placed in the Alligator River Wildlife refuge in 1987.

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  • by Humble Location: greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    The red wolves did not become extinct by nature,it was by the hands of men. And no they did not orignate from cross breeding by scientists either. Just as many other things in this country, red wolves are the victims of selfish,stupid people (settlers) that began moving here after 1492. The bottom line is if we don't like something then we just take it, or destroy it, according to our own selfish needs and stupidity. Nature has never been the problem... People's careless,heartless greed is!! I believe this generation would destroy a mountain to find only one small nugget of gold. That is very,very shameful and sad. Where are your hearts or do you even have one?
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jul 28, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    I too believe that the so called red wolf program is a total waste of tax payers money. There are just to many people in our state and country that are hurting that these billions could go to help. Believe me, there are uncountable other money wasting programs like the red headed wood pecker, and thousands of other's. It appears that these money wasting programs are valued more than human lives, and at the end, these programs put zero dollars back in the pot. One solution might be to use just the people's money who support these money wasting programs to fund them.
  • by Another meat eater Location: Ponzer on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    When first "reintroduced" officals said the wolves were bred from wolves and coytes.So all are already inter bred and provably don't taste good,deer and rabbit do!!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Rick, I guess it's OK if it's NOT your puppy that gets eaten, as long as we are tinkering with the ecosystem. These dogs live mean with an attitude. Wonder why "nature" allowed them to become extinct in the first place. Why is it our responsibility to reintroduce them. I thought the whole thing was to allow nature to assume the lead. Buzz-
  • by gus Location: plymouth on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    lets hope that they inform the teachers of the possibility that the red wolf and the coyote will inter breed and you can ask anybody with any sense at all and the last thing you want in the wilds of eastern n.c. is a large population of coyote/red wolves kill on sight look for the radio later
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Granted wolves may take some domestic animals, but they also help control feral animals and rodents, reduce wild game crop damage, and strengthen wild game populations. A good balance could be a great economic asset to our communities.
  • by REFUGE HUNTER Location: LAKE ROAD on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    OUR ECONOMY IS GOING TO HECK IN A HAND BASKET AND THEY ARE SPENDING OUR FEDERAL TAX MONEY ON A ANIMAL THAT NEVER EVEN EXISTED UNTIL SOME SCIENTIST BRED HIM. THE RED WOLF PROGRAM IS A BUNCH OF CRAP. HERE IN TYRRELL COUNTY THEY JUST BUILT A RED WOLF HOSPITAL WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS, DONT YALL THINK THERE IS A MUCH BETTER PROGRAM TO PUT THE MONEY TOWARDS LIKE A NEW PEOPLE HOSPITAL IN TYRRELL COUNTY OR PLYMOUTH OR ANYWHERE JUST SO IT GOES TO SOMETHING WORTH SPENDING IT ON. IT BURNS ME UP ME AND MY FATHER AND MY GRANDFATHER WHO IS PARAPELEGIC USED TO DEER HUNT ON THE POCOSIN LAKES REFUGE EVERY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. THE DEER POPULATION WAS TREMENDOUS I KILLED MY FIRST DEER ON THE REFUGE, MY GRANDFATHER HAD A PERMIT SO WE COULD TAKE HIM IN AN THE TRUCK RATHER THAN HIM HAVING TO WALK. WE WOULD KILL OUR LIMIT EACH YEAR. UNTIL THE RED WOLF CAME ALONG, THE DEER DISAPEARED. WE LOST A GOOD FELLOWSHIP, AND WE PAID FOR IT. PLEASE PEOPLE I HOPE YALL UNDERSTAND. ITS A WASTE.
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