Red wolf – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:54:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sotwmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/sotw-150x150.png Red wolf – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ 32 32 Roger Williams Park Zoo Welcomes Critically Endangered Red Cub https://sotwmetal.com/roger-williams-park-zoo-welcomes-critically-endangered-red-cub/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:54:14 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/roger-williams-park-zoo-welcomes-critically-endangered-red-cub/ On May 5, 2022, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, welcomed a cub born to 6-year-old Brave and 7-year-old Diego. According to a statement from the organization,1 this birth is crucial because it promotes the survival of the species since there are only 15 to 20 red wolves left in the wild, […]]]>

On May 5, 2022, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, welcomed a cub born to 6-year-old Brave and 7-year-old Diego.

According to a statement from the organization,1 this birth is crucial because it promotes the survival of the species since there are only 15 to 20 red wolves left in the wild, all located in eastern North Carolina. This pup is the first of its kind born at the Roger Williams Park Zoo since 2005 and the first successful birth for Brave and Diego.

Zoo keepers and the veterinary team monitor Brave and her pup through an infrared camera in their birthing den. About 72 hours after birth, zoo officials acknowledged that the pup had no tail via camera. In an email to dvm360®, the team explained that they believe the mother accidentally damaged the baby’s tail while moving the pup in the first 24 hours. The cameras allow the team to keep a closer watch on Brave and her pup as she navigates her early motherly duties. Brave currently appears to be showing normal and positive parental care.

Wolves and dogs use their tails to communicate in social interactions, but zoo team members believe the pup can adapt to overcome this handicap by maximizing other visual and vocal behaviors in pack situations. .

“We are thrilled that the red cub is thriving and reaching all of the expected developmental milestones despite the early loss of its tail. The veterinary care team are due to undergo a hands-on wellness exam and first round of vaccinations later this week,” Kimberlee Wojick, DVM, DACZM, senior vet at Roger Williams Park Zoo, said in the email. dvm360®.

Mother and pup will stay in the den until they are ready to wander outside where guests can see them.

In 1980, red wolves were listed as extinct in the wild.1 Through a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), the last 14 remaining wild red wolves have been captured and brought to zoos to launch a captive breeding program, with the aim of potentially reintroducing them into the wild. This SSP and all species survival plans aim to create and maintain a healthy, genetically diverse population. Through the efforts of these partner facilities nationwide, the population of red wolves in captivity has steadily increased to approximately 250 wolves.1

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Critically endangered red puppy born at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Press release. Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village. May 27, 2022. Accessed June 20, 2022. https://www.rwpzoo.org/about-us/pressroom/press-releases/critically-endangered-red-pup-born-roger-williams-park-zoo


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Birth of world’s critically endangered red wolf brings population to nearly 250 https://sotwmetal.com/birth-of-worlds-critically-endangered-red-wolf-brings-population-to-nearly-250/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 15:03:24 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/birth-of-worlds-critically-endangered-red-wolf-brings-population-to-nearly-250/ Born at the zoo on May 5, mum-of-six Brave was observed carefully caring for her little one. It is a historic birth for the zoo and an emblem of hope for the survival of this species. Only 15-20 red wolves remain in the wild and they are all located in eastern North Carolina. The now […]]]>

Born at the zoo on May 5, mum-of-six Brave was observed carefully caring for her little one. It is a historic birth for the zoo and an emblem of hope for the survival of this species. Only 15-20 red wolves remain in the wild and they are all located in eastern North Carolina.

The now month-old pup is the first red wolf born at Roger Williams Park Zoo since 2005 and the first successful birth for Brave and his mate Diego.

Zoo keepers and the veterinary team continue to monitor mum and baby through the use of an infrared camera located inside the newly constructed wolf whelping den. Although the puppy has been observed nursing and appears to be gaining weight steadily, the following month is a critical period for puppy development.

While seven-year-old father Diego can now be seen in the North American wolf habitat, the pup and mother will most likely remain in the den for the next few weeks. Guests may be able to spot the pup as they begin to venture outside the den.

Until then, follow the zoo Facebook and instagram for updates on the puppy’s progress.

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Named for their red-tinted fur, red wolves are smaller than their better-known cousin, the gray wolf, and larger than the coyote. They most often hunt smaller mammals, including raccoons and rabbits, but occasionally prey on deer. Beyond howls, red wolves communicate through scent marking, facial expressions, and body posture.

SEE: 12 Critically Endangered Red Cubs Are Born In North Carolina – A Baby Boom For Conservation

Red wolves were listed as extinct in the wild in 1980. Through the collaboration of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Red Wolf Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the 14 last remaining wild red wolves were brought to zoos to establish a captive breeding program with the primary goal of forming the base of a wild population through reintroduction into the wild.

AFTER: In historic vote, Colorado residents approve reintroduction of gray wolves west of the Rockies

SSPs are cooperative species population management and conservation programs undertaken for threatened or endangered animals by AZA member institutions. The goal of this SSP and all species survival plans is to build and maintain a healthy, genetically diverse population. Through the collaborative efforts of these partner facilities across the United States, the population of red wolves in captivity has once again steadily increased to nearly 250 wolves.

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Surprise Litter of Red Cubs Bolsters LBL Breeding Program | New https://sotwmetal.com/surprise-litter-of-red-cubs-bolsters-lbl-breeding-program-new/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/surprise-litter-of-red-cubs-bolsters-lbl-breeding-program-new/ CADIZ — Cautiously and one by one, the four ginger cubs emerge from their den, sniffing in the grass, chewing on sticks, licking the posts holding their fence together or tumbling over their father who, understandably at his age, seemed mostly interested in a siesta. Their mother, Ember, a four-year-old female, was brought to the […]]]>

CADIZ — Cautiously and one by one, the four ginger cubs emerge from their den, sniffing in the grass, chewing on sticks, licking the posts holding their fence together or tumbling over their father who, understandably at his age, seemed mostly interested in a siesta.

Their mother, Ember, a four-year-old female, was brought to the Land Between the Lakes Woodlands Nature Station just over a year ago, primarily to accompany Jasper, the puppies’ father, who at 13 is approaching of the end of the usual lifespan for endangered species, according to John Pollpeter, the senior naturalist.

Pollpeter said red wolves usually don’t show signs of pregnancy until after their two-month gestation period. So the nature station workers were unaware that they would soon have four new puppies to care for until less than a week before the April 26th birth.

“We weren’t really worried about them breeding, so we didn’t separate them during the breeding season,” Pollpeter said of the loving adults, but considering Jasper’s importance to the breeding program of red wolves, the surprise was welcome.

Red wolves, which once populated much of the southeastern United States, were declared extinct in the wild in 1980, a few years after the US Fish and Wildlife Service began a captive breeding program with 14 of the few remaining red wolves in the wild.

Pollpeter said Land Between the Lakes had been in the breeding program since 1991 and joined the program a few years later.

He said Jasper was brought to LBL from Chattanooga, but two attempts to breed him have since failed as wolf wolves at the nature station have died due to various health issues.

Ember was brought in to be a mate and would likely have been intended for breeding once Jasper died.

“He was judged, at the age of 12, probably unable to breed,” Pollpeter said.

Due to the social nature of animals, “we don’t like to separate them if we don’t have to.”

Pollpeter said Jasper’s genes are particularly valuable because he’s only four generations away from one of the wolves that was used to establish the breeding program, and his genes haven’t spread as far as the other lineages.

Even so, the initial low number of animals used created what Pollpeter called “a genetic bottleneck” that could lead to unsuccessful breeding or health problems such as birth defects or stillbirths. Also, it’s not always clear whether wolf parents will have the skills to properly raise their young.

Fortunately, Pollpeter said, all four puppies are healthy, although a fifth did not survive the first 24 hours.

The red wolf breeding program aims to create stable populations of wolves in the wild, and Pollpeter said these pups — two males and two females — will potentially serve as breeders for litters that could be raised in isolation. for the purpose of establishing new populations or integrating into current populations.

With that in mind, he said, the nature station does not plan to push interaction with humans outside of food and medical care, so they remain suspicious of humans. Visitors will see more puppies as they grow and explore more.

Pollpeter said it was important to educate the public about local wildlife, especially species as close to extinction as the red wolf, which has suffered from overhunting and urbanization and is now facing competition from exploding coyote populations.

Currently, a wild population exists in North Carolina that peaked at 120 wolves in 2012, but has since declined to around 15 due to human-caused mortality – including gunfire and collisions with vehicles – according to the Fish & Wildlife Service. The breeding program has also established an island propagation site in Florida, so that young wolves can grow up in a wild setting for later reintroduction into the wild.

Pollpeter praised the Red Wolf program for its innovative story that has since been replicated in other wildlife recovery efforts. This is the first time a large predator species declared extinct in the wild has been reintroduced to the United States, Pollpeter said.

He said LBL had previously been planned as a site where a wild wolf population could be established, but public opinion was strongly against it, and a very large coyote program and other concerns make the idea impossible today. today.

“It would be too much effort and not enough gain,” he said.

“I doubt we would ever achieve the goal of having the Southeast full of red wolves again.”

According to Pollpeter, contrary to many people’s opinion of wolves, red wolves tend to be very shy and avoid humans as much as possible.

“We need to tear down the stereotypes of the three little pigs and little red riding hood,” he said.


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Six ginger cubs born in North Carolina https://sotwmetal.com/six-ginger-cubs-born-in-north-carolina/ Fri, 27 May 2022 23:20:57 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/six-ginger-cubs-born-in-north-carolina/ There is new hope for the critically endangered red wolf with the birth of a new litter of six pups at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the North Carolina coast. As the first litter born in the wild in four years, the discovery marks a successful breakthrough for the US Fish and Wildlife […]]]>

There is new hope for the critically endangered red wolf with the birth of a new litter of six pups at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the North Carolina coast. As the first litter born in the wild in four years, the discovery marks a successful breakthrough for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Red Wolf Recovery Strategy. Authorities confirmed the birth of four female wild red wolves and two males in mid-April.

The parents of the offspring are believed to be a female identified by the program as 2225 and a father identified as 2323. The male was one of two wolves transferred to Alligator River National Refuge in December 2020 from the refuge. St. Vincent National Wild, an island propagation site created by the USFWS to help maintain wild breeding pairs in a somewhat controlled environment.

Images of male 2323 around his initial release in the area

“The establishment of the red wolf pair and the return of the litters of wild born red wolves is a major step and an important step towards recovery,” said Joe Madison, recovery program manager. “However, there is a lot of work to be done. The birth of this litter is an example of what can be achieved.

Declared extinct in 1980 and now classified as endangered, red wolves were once abundant throughout the Southeast, where they played a key role in maintaining environmental habitats. As a top species, they have balanced ecosystems by maintaining healthy population levels of small predators.

Photos of Red Wold recovery program officials tagging and analyzing newly found puppies. Photo courtesy of Red Wolf Recovery Program.

Although they were successfully reintroduced in 1987, the growth of the red wolf population has been hampered by human-caused mortalities, including gunfire and collisions with vehicles, as well as breeding with animals. coyotes.

The USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program is an ongoing collaborative effort with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, the Red Wolf Species Survival Program, and Saving Animals From Extinction, which has facilities that manage the captive population of red wolves. The next steps will be based on the release of captive bred red wolves that were born last winter.

“The Service continues to work with local and state governments, conservation organizations, private landowners and other partners in red wolf conservation,” Madison said. “Having broad support is critical to the future success of the Red Wolf program”

Cover photo of new puppies courtesy of Red Wolf Recovery Program


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A rare red wolf shot in North Carolina was left alive, drowned in mud https://sotwmetal.com/a-rare-red-wolf-shot-in-north-carolina-was-left-alive-drowned-in-mud/ Mon, 16 May 2022 13:29:49 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/a-rare-red-wolf-shot-in-north-carolina-was-left-alive-drowned-in-mud/ A rare red wolf has been found shot in the spine and left alive to drown in the mud in North Carolina. An autopsy of the animal, which was found in County Tyrrell, showed its lungs were full of mud, indicating it had been badly injured by the gunfire but was initially still alive. He […]]]>

A rare red wolf has been found shot in the spine and left alive to drown in the mud in North Carolina.

An autopsy of the animal, which was found in County Tyrrell, showed its lungs were full of mud, indicating it had been badly injured by the gunfire but was initially still alive. He ultimately died as he lay in the muddy farm field, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement.

Animal welfare campaign Help Ashville Bears reposted the incident on its Facebook page and said the wolf died a gruesome death.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it was offering a $5,000 reward for information that would lead to the “successful prosecution” of the case.

Red wolves are critically endangered and are found only on the Albemarle Peninsula in eastern North Carolina. The animals are federally protected species.

A file photo shows a red wolf. American red wolves are critically endangered.
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In 2018, it was decided that culling of the species would no longer be permitted unless individuals proved a threat to human safety or a nuisance to livestock. There is no penalty for accidental killings, as this can sometimes happen when people mistake red wolves for coyotes, which are abundant in the United States.

Red wolves differ in appearance from coyotes by having a reddish tint to their fur. If someone kills a red wolf by accident, they are obligated to report it to the US Fish and Wildlife Service so authorities can retrieve the carcasses.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Newsweek that there are currently no updates on the investigation.

Now one of the most endangered canids in the world, the American red wolf lived deep in the southeastern United States until overhunting and habitat destruction pushed it to the brink of extinction. By 1970, there were hardly any left in the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has deployed a captive breeding program to boost the species, capturing the last remnants from the wild and breeding them in captivity. They were then reintroduced into the wild.

However, despite conservation efforts, it is estimated that there are only 35 or fewer red wolves left in the wild today.

Many threats still hang over red wolves. Due to the high abundance of coyotes in their habitat, there is a risk that they will mate and create hybrids. The remnant population may also come into regular contact with humans, as they roam private farmland in search of prey.


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The Outer Banks Voice – After shooting red wolf, US Fish and Wildlife releases reward for information https://sotwmetal.com/the-outer-banks-voice-after-shooting-red-wolf-us-fish-and-wildlife-releases-reward-for-information/ Sun, 15 May 2022 00:52:38 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/the-outer-banks-voice-after-shooting-red-wolf-us-fish-and-wildlife-releases-reward-for-information/ Red wolf. (Credit B. Bartel/USFWS) On May 13, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued an award and asked for the public’s help in locating the person responsible for the death of a red wolf found shot in County Tyrrell last month. Here is the informations. A federally protected red wolf was found dead in […]]]>

Red wolf. (Credit B. Bartel/USFWS)

On May 13, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued an award and asked for the public’s help in locating the person responsible for the death of a red wolf found shot in County Tyrrell last month.

Here is the informations.

A federally protected red wolf was found dead in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, in a muddy field south of Newlands Road on April 15, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs your help in the investigation into the death of the red wolf. The red wolf was shot in the spine, causing the wolf to collapse on the ground. The red wolf’s lungs were found to be full of mud during a subsequent autopsy.

The Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution in this case. Anyone with information about the Red Wolf death is asked to contact North Carolina Division Law Enforcement Patrol Capt. Frank Simms at 252-216-7504 or Special Agent Jason Keith at 919-856-4786 ext. 34.

Red wolves are governed by the rules established in 1995 establishing the non-essential experimental population. This means that landowners may be allowed to cull a nuisance red wolf if it attacks their livestock or pets. Additionally, a red wolf that is caught incidentally in any type of otherwise legal activity (for example, trapping coyotes in accordance with state regulations) on private land in the red wolf recovery area is not a violation. federal regulations provided the taking is not intentional or willful and reported to the Department within 24 hours.

If someone accidentally kills a red wolf, they should report it by calling the US Fish and Wildlife Service toll-free at 1-855-4-WOLVES (1-855-496-5837). It is important to report red wolf incidents promptly so that Service personnel can minimize conflicts and recover carcasses while they are still intact.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review plans for an Outer Banks Events Center. The meeting will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building in Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Events Center is intended to provide a suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller trade shows, galas and many more. other uses. Learn more about visitor and resident benefits and how the event center is planned to complement the new Soundside Promenade being designed.

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Three ginger cubs born at the North Carolina Zoo https://sotwmetal.com/three-ginger-cubs-born-at-the-north-carolina-zoo/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:40:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/three-ginger-cubs-born-at-the-north-carolina-zoo/ A trio of ginger cubs were born last month at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The zoo announced the April 20 births of the three brothers Monday on Facebook. The puppies are the latest addition for mom, Ayita, and Denali, the dad. There are also two sisters, Alli and Roan, who were born at […]]]>

A trio of ginger cubs were born last month at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

The zoo announced the April 20 births of the three brothers Monday on Facebook. The puppies are the latest addition for mom, Ayita, and Denali, the dad. There are also two sisters, Alli and Roan, who were born at the zoo last year.

Red wolves often live in family groups with mother and father and several years of offspring, the zoo said.

The pups will remain behind the scenes as part of the zoo’s red wolf breeding program.

In April, a litter of wild red cubs was born in North Carolina for the first time since 2018.

The six pups, four females and two males, were born to a pair of wolves at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in the east of the state, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

The births come as the US Fish & Wildlife Service has renewed efforts to recover this near-extinct species as part of its Red Wolf Recovery Program. The agency had largely abandoned efforts to recover the world’s rarest canine predator since 2015.

In February, agency officials announced they were committing significant resources to reinvigorate the program.

Red wolves are native to North Carolina and once inhabited all of the southeastern United States. By the 1970s, red wolves were nearly extinct due to overhunting and habitat loss, and were officially listed as endangered.

Only 20 known red wolves remain in the wild, surviving in five sparsely populated eastern North Carolina counties.

In 2020 and 2021, seven adult red wolves were released into the wild population. In 2021 alone, seven Red Wolves have been confirmed killed by collisions with vehicles, gunfire and unknown causes. According to the press release, gunfire is the leading cause of death for wild red wolves, followed by collisions with vehicles.

Twenty thousand acres of prime habitat in five southeastern states have been identified as potential sites for the reintroduction of the species.

WUNC’s Celeste Gracia contributed to this report.


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First wild-born ginger cubs since 2018 reported at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge – Reuters https://sotwmetal.com/first-wild-born-ginger-cubs-since-2018-reported-at-alligator-river-national-wildlife-refuge-reuters/ Sun, 01 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/first-wild-born-ginger-cubs-since-2018-reported-at-alligator-river-national-wildlife-refuge-reuters/ For the first time in four years, a litter of pups has been born to the struggling population of wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina. Staff from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program confirmed last week that six cubs were born to a pair of wild red wolves in the […]]]>

For the first time in four years, a litter of pups has been born to the struggling population of wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina. Staff from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program confirmed last week that six cubs were born to a pair of wild red wolves in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The USFWS announced late Thursday evening that the new litter includes four females and two male pups.

“This important news for the near-extinct species comes as part of a new Service recovery effort,” said a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity. “The agency had largely abandoned efforts to recover the world’s rarest canine predator since 2015, but officials announced in February that they were committing significant resources to revitalize the program and ensure the species’ full recovery at the wild state.”

“There is a clear causal relationship between the Service’s recovery efforts and the survival and reproduction of red wolves in the wild,” said Perrin de Jong, North Carolina attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It is extremely encouraging to see the agency try again to protect and recover wild red wolves. My heart is filled with hope at the sight of a new generation of red wolves taking their rightful place in the world. countryside.

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The parents of the newborn litter were reunited following renewed USFWS efforts to encourage the reproductive success of red wolves in the wild. The agency’s pairing efforts were successful when the adult wolves mated, established their territory, and mated.

The agency’s revitalized red wolf recovery efforts include the following initiatives:

  • Resume robust releases of red wolves into the wild population;
  • Pairing efforts to pair captive-bred red wolves with wild individuals;
  • Deployment of a puppy fostering program to increase the size of litters of wild red wolves;
  • Use a local coyote neutering program to protect red wolf genetics;
  • Rewriting of the red wolf recovery plan, including an exploration of new reintroduction sites for wild red wolves; and
  • Take steps to protect the safety of wild red wolves, including public awareness programs to build goodwill among people living in the recovery area.

Since its announcement in February, the USFWS has released a total of seven captive-bred red wolves into the wild population, including a pack of two adults and three pups.

“The Service’s efforts this year represent an encouraging increase in recovery activity in this species’ recovery area, and we are beginning to see results,” de Jong said. “Now we need the Service to continue, so that Red Wolves not only have a future in eastern North Carolina, but throughout their historic range in the Southeast.”

Red wolves were once abundant in the Southeast, but the species is now the most endangered canine in the world. Today, only 20 known red wolves remain in the wild, surviving in five eastern North Carolina counties – Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington, and Beaufort.

In 2020 and 2021, seven adult red wolves were released into the wild population and in 2021 alone, seven were confirmed killed by collisions with vehicles, gunfire and unknown causes. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, gunshots are the leading cause of death for wild red wolves, followed by collisions with vehicles.

Twenty thousand acres of prime habitat in five southeastern states have been identified as potential sites for the reintroduction of the species.

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North Carolina Welcomes Litter of Critically Endangered Red Cubs – First Born in the Wild in 4 Years https://sotwmetal.com/north-carolina-welcomes-litter-of-critically-endangered-red-cubs-first-born-in-the-wild-in-4-years/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/north-carolina-welcomes-litter-of-critically-endangered-red-cubs-first-born-in-the-wild-in-4-years/ Red Cubs Red Wolf Recovery Program/US Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife officials are celebrating a new litter of red cubs. The US Fish and Wildlife Red Wolf Recovery Program announced the birth of six cubs (four females and two males) in North Carolina. Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook last week. The litter is […]]]>

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Wildlife officials are celebrating a new litter of red cubs.

The US Fish and Wildlife Red Wolf Recovery Program announced the birth of six cubs (four females and two males) in North Carolina. Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook last week.

The litter is the first litter of red wolves born in the wild since 2018, a boon for the species, which is currently listed as critical danger.

“As the sights and sounds of spring began to unfold across Alligator River NWR in April, something monumental was also unfolding in the landscape…a new litter of red cubs and renewed hope for a species survival! ” Red Wolf Recovery Strategy writes on facebook alongside photos of the precious puppies.

“This pair of red wolves was formed through a combination of several management actions and the two red wolves then followed their natural instincts for pairing, establishing their territory and mating, the program explained. (See the post here).

Red Wolves once thrived throughout the Southeast. Unfortunately, by the 1970s the species had been driven to the brink of extinction due to overhunting and habitat loss.

There were only 17 wolves left when the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. Of these, 14 were used to form the USFWS captive breeding program. The red wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980.

To date, there are approximately 15-17 red wolves living in the wild. 241 others exist in captivity.

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“Each generation gives new hope to the red wolf…a cause for joy and celebration!” the program writes on facebook.

Fingers crossed these adorable puppies live long and healthy lives.


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Endangered red wolf litter born in the wild offers hope for species https://sotwmetal.com/endangered-red-wolf-litter-born-in-the-wild-offers-hope-for-species/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/endangered-red-wolf-litter-born-in-the-wild-offers-hope-for-species/ Hope for an endangered wolf species arose in April after supporters discovered the first litter of wild-born red wolf cubs in four years. The Red Wolf Recovery Program posted on its Facebook page that a litter of four female and two male red wolf pups were found around April 18 in the Alligator River National […]]]>

Hope for an endangered wolf species arose in April after supporters discovered the first litter of wild-born red wolf cubs in four years.

The Red Wolf Recovery Program posted on its Facebook page that a litter of four female and two male red wolf pups were found around April 18 in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Carolina’s Outer Banks. North.

“As the sights and sounds of spring began to unfold on Alligator River NWR in April, something monumental was also unfolding in the landscape…a new litter of red cubs and renewed hope for the survival of a species!” Red wolf recovery strategy posted.

The pups’ parents were a female and male wolf pair “formed by the combination of several management actions and the two red wolves then followed their natural mating instincts, establishing their territory and mating”.

While a female wild red wolf received and raised four captive-bred red cubs in 2021, none were born to a wild pair of red wolves out of captivity since 2018, which is why this new litter of pups is so exciting!

“Each generation gives new hope to the red wolf…a cause for joy and celebration!” the account added, sharing photos of the new puppies in their den.

While papa red wolf was out hunting and mama red wolf watched nearby, Red Wolf recovery program staff quickly checked the puppies for health, microchipped them and swabbed their cheeks for genetic samples. The mother wolf returned to the den after the humans left.

The program also noted in a comment that in a year, if young wolves can be captured to be fitted with orange identification radio collars, they will also be vaccinated.

Red wolves are native to the United States and were once found from New England to the southeastern states and down to the Gulf Coast.

Efforts to captive breeding red wolves date back to the 1970s, when numbers of the species were very low and restricted to southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. They were declared extinct in the wild in 1980. However, red wolves were released in eastern North Carolina and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge beginning in 1987 and the wild red wolf population slowly began to grow.

About 241 red wolves live in Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) facilities in the United States who participate in the red wolf species survival plan. Thirty breeding pairs existed in 2020-2021 and 23 pups are from six litters born in captivity from these pairs, according to the Red Wolf Recovery Strategy it is a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2021-2022, there are 38 breeding pairs.

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The wild population of red wolves in eastern North Carolina peaked at 120 in 2012, but dropped sharply after that year. Today, with the recent discovery, the count is getting closer to 15-17 red wolves in the wild.

the Alligator River Hut has 154,000 acres of unusual land pocosine freshwater wetlands, or bogs, consisting of layers of peat with squat shrubs. They are not only home to this litter of red wolves, but also animals like ducks, otters, alligators and black bears, as well as native plant species.

In response to a commenter on the pups’ birth post about interbreeding with coyotes and attacks on humans, the Red Wolf Recovery Program wrote that their program works to prevent interbreeding with coyotes, but red wolf hybrid pups -coyote occur.

“There has never been a documented incidence of attack on humans by a red wolf, and documented cases of attacks on people by coyotes are rare,” the online program. “Hybrids are no more aggressive toward people than either parent species.”

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