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I mourn the loss of things my children and I will never see, whether it’s the mass migration of passenger pigeons or the white blossoms of the American chestnut covering the mountains. Among these wounds, there is a lot of hope, a hope that can be seen, heard and felt. For example, one can travel to the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains to hear the majestic, piercing cry of an elk bugle. This species was once lost in our mountains but is beginning to recover and reclaim its native land.

But I can’t ignore the silence of the animals you no longer hear in the Smokies. Only a few decades ago, you could still hear the howls and cries of the red wolf. Although the red wolf has been silenced in the Smokies, it can still be heard in the wilds of eastern North Carolina. This marshy fortress is the only place in the world where endangered red wolves roam freely.

The red wolf nearly became extinct in the 1950s due to aggressive predator control programs. The red wolf population was so severely decimated that it was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. In a last ditch effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rounded up all remaining red wolves to replenish an “experimental population” .

In 1987, a breeding population of red wolves was released at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on a remote coastal peninsula in eastern North Carolina. The wolves that were released consisted of only four mating pairs. From this first generation, the population now numbers more than 100 animals.

As the population grew, the recovery program came under increasing scrutiny and attack from unlikely enemies. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently passed a series of resolutions aimed at undermining red wolf protections and outright destroying the species. They say it’s too difficult, too expensive, too controversial and too late to protect the red wolf. I say, welcome to conservation.

Too difficult ?

Conservation is inherently challenging, but when did that stop us? What if we had given up the grizzly, the gray wolf or the bald eagle? Can you imagine our national symbol being relegated to a simple image on the back of a coin? The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is only interested in a future without the red wolf. In my view, the real challenge is to revamp the good old boy polishing the apple politics that permeates these agencies tasked with serving the public.

Too expensive?

In 2007, the last year the data was compiled, a total of $1.4 million in federal funds was spent on red wolf conservation efforts. That’s less than 1% of what was spent on all endangered mammals combined. Compare that to the bald eagle, a recovered and delisted species, which cost $9.5 million.

And guess how much the state of North Carolina spent on red wolf recovery in 2007? A paltry and embarrassing $1,523. That’s about $15 per wild red wolf for the whole year. I guess the NC Wildlife Resources Commission spends over $1,500 a year on coffee and donuts for their meetings.

Too controversial?

When European settlers began their war on nature in the United States, the only good predator was a dead predator. We thought with fewer predators there was more game. We soon learned that ecology is not so simple as disease has spread, rangelands have turned to dust and forests have been stripped of new growth.

Past predator eradication policies have damaged ecosystems and tipped the balance of nature in drastic directions. Nowhere have these lessons been more evident than in the East. We have lost almost all of our predators and even our prized game species. Today we celebrate the return of white-tailed deer, wild turkey and now elk. But we’ve only just come to recognize the incredible value of predators like wolves and cougars to these game populations and to entire ecosystems. For many agencies, however, outdated attitudes toward predators persist.

Too late?

“We are doomed.” “Things have gotten so bad that we are going to have to live with it. “Species are disappearing all the time with no real consequences.” I’ve heard all these statements from conservation professionals. It’s understandable to sometimes feel that way. Aldo Leopold, one of the founding fathers of conservation, wrote: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds”.

Too often, however, we allow these wounds to fester rather than heal. Many conservation interests today embrace pessimism, focusing on the scale of the challenge rather than the size of the solution.

It’s not too late for the 100 Red Wolves of Eastern North Carolina. Do you think the red wolf wants to roam the confines of an enclosure alone as the last member of its kind? Is this the future we want for the most endangered wolf in the world? The red wolf will fight for its existence, and so will we. It’s never too late to try. We must not lose hope, because it is a wound that we can heal.

Why is the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) proposing to end the Red Wolf Recovery Program, and what can be done?

In January 2015, the NCWRC passed two resolutions calling on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to end the red wolf recovery program and capture and remove all red wolves from private lands. This resolution threatens the very existence of the species. More than 27 years of recovery would be interrupted and the species would once again become extinct in the wild. The reasons given by the NCWRC are that the recovery program was a failure, that wolves are hybridizing with coyotes, and that rising sea levels will force wolves to settle on private land. The latter is ironic since the state of North Carolina does not recognize the reality of climate change and has passed a law banning any discussion of sea level rise until 2016.

Public feedback is crucial. Howl for Wolves: Let the US Fish and Wildlife Service know that red wolves are worth protecting and the recovery program should be continued. Email your comments to Cynthia Dohner, Southeast Regional Director for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, at [email protected] and Dan Ashe, director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, at [email protected]

Is there a chance of ever bringing the red wolf back to the Smokies and/or southern Appalachia?

Alligator River represents the only place where red wolves have been successfully reintroduced into the wild. Other reintroduction programs have been launched but have failed. Red wolves were released into Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1990s, but were recaptured after the wolves left park boundaries in search of prey. Fearing conflicts with neighboring cattle ranchers, the program ended in 1998.

For the red wolf to return to southern Appalachia, human attitudes must change. With rising sea levels threatening the coastal population, the best hope for the red wolves is to return to the vast tracts of public lands in western North Carolina.

Do wolves and coyotes interbreed? Are these shy wolves a good thing or a bad thing?

While wolves and coyotes share much of their genes, they are classified as separate species and managed as such. For most of their history, coyotes and red wolves did not interbreed because most coyotes inhabited the western states and their migrations were suppressed by healthy wolf populations. As wolves were exterminated from their original range, the range of the coyote expanded. With wolves becoming increasingly isolated, healthy wolf pack dynamics collapsed, and wolves looking for mates began to interbreed with coyotes. This interbreeding caused the genetic introgression of coyotes into red wolf populations and produced coyote/wolf hybrids sometimes referred to as coy-wolves. Only a healthy population of red wolves that is allowed to thrive can overcome the biological invasion of coyotes.


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Red Wolf recovery program will resume in earnest, raising glimmer of hope for survival https://sotwmetal.com/red-wolf-recovery-program-will-resume-in-earnest-raising-glimmer-of-hope-for-survival/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 18:09:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/red-wolf-recovery-program-will-resume-in-earnest-raising-glimmer-of-hope-for-survival/ RALEIGH, CN– After years of litigation and advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday night that it is revitalizing efforts to save the red wolf from extinction. During an online meeting, the Service announced that it was redoubling its efforts to ensure that the […]]]>

RALEIGH, CN– After years of litigation and advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday night that it is revitalizing efforts to save the red wolf from extinction. During an online meeting, the Service announced that it was redoubling its efforts to ensure that the red wolf not only survives in the wild, but makes a full recovery.

“It’s encouraging to see that the Biden administration has found the political will to save and restore the wild red wolf population on North Carolina’s Albemarle Peninsula,” said Carolina staff attorney Perrin de Jong. from North to Center. “We thank the brave new leadership of the Home Office for providing this course correction.”

The agency is committed to meeting almost all of the major requests the Center has made to the Biden administration for this program, including:

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

Last year the Biden administration has officially abandoned a red wolf management rule proposed by the Trump administration that would have reduced its protected range to 10% of the current size and legalized the killing of any wolf that wandered off federal lands.

Red wolves were once abundant in the Southeast, but the species is now the most endangered canine in the world. Today, only eight known wild red wolves remain in the wild, surviving in five sparsely populated eastern North Carolina counties. The last known litter of red wolf was born in the wild in 2018.

“To stabilize and recover the wild population, the Service will need to not only begin, but maintain robust reintroductions of red wolves on an ongoing basis,” de Jong said.

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. Gunshots are the leading cause of death for wild red wolves, followed by collisions with vehicles.

“To fulfill the promise of the Endangered Species Act and truly restore the red wolf to the Southeast, the Service will need to not only save the North Carolina population, but also restore the species to the many sites worthy people in the region who can support it,” said de Jong.

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


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Red Wolf recovery program will resume in earnest, raising glimmer of hope for survival https://sotwmetal.com/red-wolf-recovery-program-will-resume-in-earnest-raising-glimmer-of-hope-for-survival-2/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/red-wolf-recovery-program-will-resume-in-earnest-raising-glimmer-of-hope-for-survival-2/ After years of litigation and advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday night that it is revitalizing efforts to save the red wolf from extinction. During an online meeting, the Service announced that it was redoubling its efforts to ensure that the red wolf […]]]>

After years of litigation and advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday night that it is revitalizing efforts to save the red wolf from extinction. During an online meeting, the Service announced that it was redoubling its efforts to ensure that the red wolf not only survives in the wild, but makes a full recovery.

“It’s encouraging to see that the Biden administration has found the political will to save and restore the wild red wolf population on North Carolina’s Albemarle Peninsula,” said Carolina staff attorney Perrin de Jong. from North to Center. “We thank the brave new leadership of the Home Office for providing this course correction.”

The agency is committed to meeting almost all of the major requests the Center has made to the Biden administration for this program, including:

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

Last year the Biden administration has officially abandoned a red wolf management rule proposed by the Trump administration this would have reduced its protected range to 10% of the current size and legalized the killing of any wolves that wander off federal lands.

Red wolves were once abundant in the Southeast, but the species is now the most endangered canine in the world. Today, only eight known wild red wolves remain in the wild, surviving in five sparsely populated eastern North Carolina counties. The last known litter of red wolf was born in the wild in 2018.

“To stabilize and recover the wild population, the Service will need to not only begin, but maintain robust reintroductions of red wolves on an ongoing basis,” de Jong said.

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. Gunshots are the leading cause of death for wild red wolves, followed by collisions with vehicles.

“To fulfill the promise of the Endangered Species Act and truly restore the red wolf to the Southeast, the Service will need to not only save the North Carolina population, but also restore the species to the many sites worthy people in the region who can support it,” said de Jong.

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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Endangered red wolf delivered to WNC Nature Center https://sotwmetal.com/endangered-red-wolf-delivered-to-wnc-nature-center/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:05:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/endangered-red-wolf-delivered-to-wnc-nature-center/ Endangered red wolf delivered to WNC Nature Center in hopes of saving the species Update: 5:05 p.m. EST November 30, 2021 A gift and a promise to keep a critically endangered species alive has arrived in western North Carolina. The WNC Nature Center welcomed the red wolf M2235, also known as Ben, to Asheville on […]]]>

Endangered red wolf delivered to WNC Nature Center in hopes of saving the species

A gift and a promise to keep a critically endangered species alive has arrived in western North Carolina. The WNC Nature Center welcomed the red wolf M2235, also known as Ben, to Asheville on November 20, the centre’s marketing director Kate Frost said in a statement. Ben was airlifted to Asheville Regional Airport from New Jersey aboard a 1982 Piper Saratoga by pilot Michael Schneider, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Pilots To The Rescue . “We’re best known for our work with cats and dogs,” Schneider said, “but it’s a real privilege to be able to transfer an endangered species like this red wolf.” Rebecca Bose, curator from the Wolf Conservation Center, in South Salem, New York, came on the trip to Asheville to ensure the safe transport of the Red Wolf. Ben was born at WCC in 2018. For the past three years he had been living from the exhibition with his mother, father and siblings. Once Ben is successfully quarantined, he will be placed with another wolf, Karma, for company until a new mating partner is transferred to the WNC Nature Center. Karma will be moving from the center to the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri, in the spring. Erin Oldread, animal curator at the WNC Nature Center, explained why animals like Ben are so precious. In October, US Fish and Wildlife estimated that there were only 15 to 17 red wolves living in the wild in eastern North Carolina. “Most people don’t realize how critically endangered red wolves are or how they can only be found in the wild in one place in the world,” Oldread said. She said there were 241 red wolves living under human care in places like the WNC Nature Center. The WNC Nature Center has been involved in the US red wolf recovery program since 1990 when they first began exhibiting red wolves. Between 1996 and 2014, 13 puppies were born at the Nature Center. Donations can be made online at www.wildwnc.org/donate or mailed to Friends of the WNC Nature Center, PO Box 19151, Asheville, NC, 28815. Donations of $ 100 or more will be matched up to $ 2,500 from Weiler Woods for Wildlife, a red wolf conservation partner with the Friends of the WNC Center, until the end of the year.

A gift and a promise to keep a critically endangered species alive has arrived in western North Carolina.

The WNC Nature Center welcomed Red Wolf M2235, also known as Ben, to Asheville on Nov. 20, the centre’s marketing director Kate Frost said in a statement.

Ben was flown to Asheville Regional Airport from New Jersey aboard a 1982 Piper Saratoga by pilot Michael Schneider, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Pilots To The Rescue.

Ben the Red Wolf arriving in Asheville

“We’re best known for our work with cats and dogs,” Schneider said, “but it’s a real privilege to be able to transfer an endangered species like this red wolf.”

Rebecca Bose, curator of Wolf Conservation Center, in South Salem, New York, came for the trip to Asheville to ensure the safe transport of the red wolf.

Ben was born at the WCC in 2018. For the past three years, he has lived on show with his mother, father and siblings.

Once Ben is successfully quarantined, he will be placed with another wolf, Karma, for company until a new mating partner is transferred to the WNC Nature Center.

Karma will be moving from the center to the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri, in the spring.

Erin Oldread, animal curator at the WNC Nature Center, explained why animals like Ben are so precious.

Ben the Red Wolf

In October, US Fish and Wildlife estimated that there were only 15 to 17 red wolves living in the wild in eastern North Carolina.

“Most people don’t realize how critically endangered red wolves are or how they can only be found in the wild in one place in the world,” Oldread said.

She said there are 241 red wolves living under human care in places like the WNC Nature Center. The WNC Nature Center has been involved in the US red wolf recovery program since 1990 when they first began exhibiting red wolves. Between 1996 and 2014, 13 puppies were born at the Nature Center.

Donations can be made online at www.wildwnc.org/donate or mailed to Friends of the WNC Nature Center, PO Box 19151, Asheville, NC, 28815. Gifts of $ 100 or more will be matched up to $ 2,500 by Weiler Woods for Wildlife, a red wolf conservation partner with the friends of the WNC Center, until the end of the year.


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ASU to discuss red wolf habitat | New https://sotwmetal.com/asu-to-discuss-red-wolf-habitat-new/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/asu-to-discuss-red-wolf-habitat-new/ JONESBORO – Some details of a university project that could also become an ecotourism attraction are expected to be released today. The Jonesboro Publicity and Promotion Commission will hear a presentation regarding the American Red Wolf Conservation and Research Center. Jeff Hankins, vice president of strategic communications and economic development for the Arkansas State University […]]]>

JONESBORO – Some details of a university project that could also become an ecotourism attraction are expected to be released today.

The Jonesboro Publicity and Promotion Commission will hear a presentation regarding the American Red Wolf Conservation and Research Center.

Jeff Hankins, vice president of strategic communications and economic development for the Arkansas State University System, said he and Dr. Tom Risch, vice president of research and technology transfer, will be making their presentation.

“The goal is to create an institution that would be both an educational and a research institution,” Hankins said. The sun. “And we would have fenced-in pens where we care for and raise American red wolves as part of the red wolf species survival plan.”

ASU adopted the red wolf as its mascot in 2008. The university announced in June 2018 that it would build a red wolf breeding center at Craighead Forest Park Jonesboro.

At the time, officials said they would build a 4-acre fenced area on the site of a former park shooting range. It would house four pairs of red wolves and their young. One pair would be on display to the public. Other plans included a live video feed from the center so people could see the wolves online.

The red wolf is one of the most endangered wild canids in the world, according to the Wolf Conservation Center. Once common throughout the Southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated in the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and habitat loss.

A remaining population of red wolves has been found along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. After being declared an endangered species in 1973, efforts were made to locate and capture as many wild red wolves as possible.

Of the 17 remaining wolves captured by biologists, 14 became the founders of a successful captive breeding program. As a result, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared red wolves extinct in the wild in 1980.

On May 1, four American Red Wolves from the Endangered Wolf Center, Wolf Conservation Center and Wolf Haven International were released to a protected North Carolina refuge, and four American Red Cubs from Akron Zoo were placed in a female red wolf in the recovery area.

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced it was abandoning a 2018 plan to limit animal range and relax protections for wolves that stray from that area, the Associated Press reported.

The agency made the announcement as part of an ongoing legal battle with conservation groups who claim the federal agency violated endangered species law by abandoning strategies that supported the wild population of wolves. Conservation groups welcomed the move, but said more needed to be done to bolster a wild population of just 10 wolves.

Other issues that the A&P Committee will address today will be continued work on the implementation of a tax on prepared foods to finance the construction of an indoor sports complex.


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The Outer Banks Voice – Federal government withdraws plan to reduce red wolf protections in North Carolina https://sotwmetal.com/the-outer-banks-voice-federal-government-withdraws-plan-to-reduce-red-wolf-protections-in-north-carolina/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/the-outer-banks-voice-federal-government-withdraws-plan-to-reduce-red-wolf-protections-in-north-carolina/ Federal government withdraws plan to cut red wolf protections in North Carolina By Coastal Review on November 15, 2021 By Catherine Kozak | Reprinted from CoastalReview.org A captive red wolf. (Photo: B. Bartel / US Fish and Wildlife) MANTEO – A controversial proposal to limit long-standing protective habitat and management strategies for critically endangered red […]]]>

Federal government withdraws plan to cut red wolf protections in North Carolina

By Coastal Review on November 15, 2021

A captive red wolf. (Photo: B. Bartel / US Fish and Wildlife)

MANTEO – A controversial proposal to limit long-standing protective habitat and management strategies for critically endangered red wolves in northeastern North Carolina has been removed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

the agency had proposed in 2018 replace existing regulations that provided protective measures for the world’s only known wild red wolves, referred to as the North Carolina “Non-Essential Experimental Population” or NC NEP, with a drastically reduced rule. Many environmental groups had challenged the proposal in federal court, saying it violated the requirements of a provision of the Endangered Species Act.

“Based on recent court rulings involving the NC NEP and after reviewing public comments submitted in response to the proposed 2018 rule, the Service has determined that withdrawing the proposed rule is the best course of action at this time,” said the agency said in a November statement. ten Press release.

By withdrawing the proposed rule, Fish and Wildlife allowed the slate to start over on previously successful management tactics used in existing regulations, “as clarified by relevant court orders,” the statement said. This means that under the 1995 Management Rule, the agency has the authority to release captive-bred wolves into the wild population and conduct adaptive management – a point of contention detailed in the 2018 proposal and the subsequent legal proceedings.

Fish and Wildlife will also resume work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to implement coyote sterilization on federal and non-federal lands, subject to written agreements with landowners, according to the press release. In addition, the agency said that the authorized taking will primarily be limited to protecting oneself or others from potential harm.

Under the 2018 proposal, most of the private land in the 1.7 million acre reclamation area that encompasses Hyde, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort and Washington counties had been removed, leaving a small area in County Dare. Once this plan is completed, all five counties will remain in the recovery area.

“Environmentalists have been waiting 3 years to put the terrible red wolf proposal of 2018 behind us, and it is extremely gratifying to know that the USFWS is finally officially withdrawing from its plan to dramatically reduce recovery options for wolves.” Ron Sutherland, chief scientist for Wildlands Network, a nonprofit environmental group, said in an email. “Being able to finally put this hideous and cowardly proposition to bed is super rewarding and excellent news for the future of the Red Wolves. “

Sutherland said an analysis by Wildlands, a strong advocate for red wolf recovery, public comments on the 2018 proposal found more than 90% of the more than 100,000 comments the agency received supported doing more. , no less, to protect the wolves. .

Although red wolves once covered a wide range along the Gulf of the United States and the southeastern coastal plains, their populations have been decimated by overhunting and habitat loss. The red wolf was listed in 1973 under the Endangered Species Act as an endangered species and was declared extinct in the wild in 1980.

Four pairs of captive-bred wolves, descendants of a few wild wolves captured on the Gulf Coast, were released to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in 1987, and by 2005 the number had grown to 130 wolves.

Conflicts with private owners over wolf management had intensified over the past 10 to 15 years, with owners complaining of wolves killing pets and livestock, exacerbated by poor communication on the part of the wolf. wildlife managers.

The proposed rule change would have reduced the range size of wolves to land in the Alligator River National Wildlife Area and the Dare County bombing zone in Dare and Hyde counties. (Map: Fish and wildlife of the United States)

The 1.7 million acre salvage area will continue in Hyde, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort and Washington counties. But with as few as 10 known red wolves still roaming the recovery area, in addition to around 20 collared wolves, conservationists fear there is no time to waste.

The agency said it was taking steps to improve relations with landowners.

“The Service will continue to work with stakeholders to identify ways to encourage and facilitate a more effective coexistence between humans and wolves …”, according to the statement, “and to establish the necessary support for wolf conservation. Red”.

Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted in support of the Home Office’s decision, calling it “an important step to save the American red wolf, the world’s most endangered canine species.” Cooper has pledged to work with the Biden administration, Wildlife Resources, and the North Carolina Zoo to prevent extinction.

Perrin de Jong, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity, called the plan to reduce the red wolf recovery area “reckless and ill-conceived.”

“I am relieved that the Fish and Wildlife Service has finally listened to the public outcry against him,” said de Jong. “People want federal agencies to do more, not less, to protect the world’s most endangered wolf.”


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Federal government withdraws plan to cut red wolf protections in North Carolina https://sotwmetal.com/federal-government-withdraws-plan-to-cut-red-wolf-protections-in-north-carolina/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/federal-government-withdraws-plan-to-cut-red-wolf-protections-in-north-carolina/ A captive red wolf. Photo: B. Bartel / US Fish and Wildlife MANTEO – A controversial proposal to limit long-standing protective habitat and management strategies critically endangered red wolves in northeastern North Carolina has been removed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency had proposed in 2018 replace existing regulations that provided protective […]]]>
A captive red wolf. Photo: B. Bartel / US Fish and Wildlife

MANTEO – A controversial proposal to limit long-standing protective habitat and management strategies critically endangered red wolves in northeastern North Carolina has been removed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency had proposed in 2018 replace existing regulations that provided protective measures for the world’s only known wild red wolves, referred to as the North Carolina “Non-Essential Experimental Population” or NC NEP, with a drastically reduced rule. Many environmental groups had challenged the proposal in federal court, saying it violated the requirements of a provision of the Endangered Species Act.

“Based on recent court rulings involving the NC NEP and after reviewing public comments submitted in response to the proposed 2018 rule, the Service has determined that withdrawing the proposed rule is the best solution at this time,” said the agency said in a November statement. ten Press release.

By withdrawing the proposed rule, Fish and Wildlife allowed the slate to start over on previously successful management tactics used in existing regulations, “as clarified by relevant court orders,” the statement said. This means that under the 1995 management rule, the agency has the authority to release captive-bred wolves into the wild population and conduct adaptive management – a point of contention detailed in the 2018 proposal and the subsequent legal proceedings.

Fish and Wildlife will also resume work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to implement sterilization of coyotes on federal and non-federal lands, subject to written agreements with landowners, according to the press release. In addition, the agency said the authorized taking will primarily be limited to protecting oneself or others from potential harm.

Under the 2018 proposal, most of the private land in the 1.7 million acre reclamation area that encompasses Hyde, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort and Washington counties had been removed, leaving a small area in County Dare. Once this plan is completed, all five counties will remain in the recovery area.

Ron Sutherland

“Environmentalists have been waiting for 3 years to put the terrible red wolf proposal of 2018 behind us, and it is extremely gratifying to know that the USFWS is finally officially withdrawing from its plan to dramatically reduce recovery options for wolves.” Ron Sutherland, chief scientist for Wildlands Network, a nonprofit environmental group, said in an email. “Being able to finally put this awful and cowardly proposition to bed is super rewarding and excellent news for the future of the Red Wolves. “

Sutherland said an analysis by Wildlands, a strong advocate for red wolf recovery, public comments on the 2018 proposal found more than 90% of the more than 100,000 comments the agency received supported doing more. , no less, to protect the wolves. .

Although red wolves once covered a wide range along the Gulf of the United States and the southeastern coastal plains, their populations have been decimated by overhunting and habitat loss. The red wolf was listed in 1973 under the Endangered Species Act as an endangered species and was declared extinct in the wild in 1980.

Four pairs of captive-bred wolves, descendants of a few wild wolves captured on the Gulf Coast, were released to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in 1987, and by 2005 the number had grown to 130 wolves.

Disputes with private owners over wolf management had escalated over the past 10 to 15 years, with owners complaining of wolves killing pets and livestock, exacerbated by poor communication on the part of the wolf. wildlife managers.

The proposed rule change would have reduced the range size of wolves to land in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County bombing zone in Dare and Hyde counties.  Map: Fish and Wildlife of the United States
The proposed rule change would have reduced the range size of wolves to land in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County bombing zone in Dare and Hyde counties. Map: Fish and Wildlife of the United States

The 1.7 million acre salvage area will continue in Hyde, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort and Washington counties. But with as few as 10 known red wolves still roaming the recovery area, in addition to around 20 collared wolves, conservationists fear there is no time to waste.

The agency said it was taking steps to improve relations with landowners.

“The Service will continue to work with stakeholders to identify ways to encourage and facilitate a more effective coexistence between humans and wolves …”, according to the statement, “and to establish the necessary support for wolf conservation. Red”.

Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted in favor of the Home Office’s decision, calling it “an important step to save the American red wolf, the world’s most endangered canine species.” Cooper has pledged to work with the Biden administration, Wildlife Resources, and the North Carolina Zoo to prevent extinction.

Perrin de Jong, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity, called the plan to reduce the red wolf recovery area “reckless and ill-conceived.”

“I am relieved that the Fish and Wildlife Service has finally listened to the public outcry against him,” said de Jong. “People want federal agencies to do more, not less, to protect the world’s most endangered wolf.”

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Federal government drops proposal under Trump administration to reduce red wolf salvage territory https://sotwmetal.com/federal-government-drops-proposal-under-trump-administration-to-reduce-red-wolf-salvage-territory/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/federal-government-drops-proposal-under-trump-administration-to-reduce-red-wolf-salvage-territory/ The male red wolf, transferred from St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, takes his first steps on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. [Photo Credit: Running Wild Media] The US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Friday it was abandoning a proposed change under the Trump administration that would have significantly reduced the endangered red wolf’s […]]]>
The male red wolf, transferred from St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, takes his first steps on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. [Photo Credit: Running Wild Media]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Friday it was abandoning a proposed change under the Trump administration that would have significantly reduced the endangered red wolf’s recovery area.

“Based on recent court decisions regarding the plan and after taking into account the public comments submitted in response to the Proposed rule of 2018, the Service has determined that removing the proposed rule is the best solution at this time, ”according to a press release.

Red wolves, native to the Southeastern United States, are now only a handful in the wild, scattered throughout parts of Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington, and Beaufort counties.

A government study published in March 2019 have discovered that the endangered red wolves that roam the counties just inside the Outer Banks are a unique species – not coyote / gray wolf hybrids as some have claimed.

Announced in June 2018, the plan would have reduced federal management of red wolves to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Dare County Bombing Range.

The settlement of a federal lawsuit announced in 2020 tasked the Fish and Wildlife Service to update its plan to save the red wolf by February 2023.

The lawsuit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center challenged the failure of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in late 2018 to revise the 1990 recovery plan.

The Endangered Species Act requires the agency to prepare plans that serve as roadmaps to species recovery, identifying actions necessary to ensure conservation and survival, such as reintroductions.

According to a report from the center, five potential reintroduction sites have been identified that together could host nearly 500 breeding pairs of red wolves. All sites are on public land in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The center also said the Fish and Wildlife Service had taken no action to reintroduce red wolves elsewhere and had stopped taking many measures – such as widespread sterilization of coyotes to prevent hybrid animals from harming the gene pool – which are necessary to conserve the remaining wild population. .

The withdrawal of the proposed rule in 2018 means that red wolves will continue to be managed under existing regulations. The Service noted that this will be clarified by the relevant court orders.

Management under the 1995 rule recognizes the service’s power to release additional wolves and conduct adaptive management. Within the ‘North Carolina nonessential experimental population ‘, the service will work with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission to implement coyote sterilization on federal and non-federal lands subject to written agreements with landowners.

The permitted take will be limited to the protection of oneself or others from potential harm, the protection of immediately endangered livestock or pets, and unintentional taking.

The service will continue to work with stakeholders to identify ways to encourage and facilitate a more effective coexistence between humans and wolves, through programs such as Prey for the Pack, and to establish the necessary support for conservation. of the red wolf.

The proposed rule that was published on June 28, 2018 to replace existing regulations governing the NC NEP designation of the red wolf under ESA Article 10 (j) will be withdrawn on November 15, 2021, when published in the Federal Register.

The proposed rule withdrawal, comments and additional documents are available at http://www.regulations.gov in file n ° FWS-R4-ES-2018-0035.

For more information on the Red Wolf Recovery Strategy, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/mammals/red-wolf/.

This story originally appeared on OBXToday.com. Read more local stories here.


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North Carolina Zoo Announces Names of Publicly Chosen Red Wolf Puppies | Children Family https://sotwmetal.com/north-carolina-zoo-announces-names-of-publicly-chosen-red-wolf-puppies-children-family/ https://sotwmetal.com/north-carolina-zoo-announces-names-of-publicly-chosen-red-wolf-puppies-children-family/#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/north-carolina-zoo-announces-names-of-publicly-chosen-red-wolf-puppies-children-family/ Asheboro, NC – June 30, 2021 – The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the names of the six Cubs (four females, two males) born in the guest sight habitat of first-time parents Flint (male) and Sassy. The public was invited to vote in an online poll from a list of names provided by […]]]>

Asheboro, NC – June 30, 2021 – The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the names of the six Cubs (four females, two males) born in the guest sight habitat of first-time parents Flint (male) and Sassy.

The public was invited to vote in an online poll from a list of names provided by the zoo’s red wolf keepers. The names are based on rivers in the southeastern United States where critically endangered red wolves lived. The Names Survey received over 6,500 responses.

The names chosen are Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba.

The names to choose from were Catawba, Edisto, Haw, Harper, Warrior, Eno, Fisher, Pearl, Waccamaw, and Swannanoa.

The puppies were born as part of the zoo’s red wolf breeding program. There were three litters totaling 12 puppies born during three days from April 28 to 30 (the names of the puppies from the other two litters will be announced shortly). This brings the number of red wolves currently in the zoo’s breeding program to 35, making it the second largest pack in the United States after the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

There are only 15-20 red wolves left in the wild and they are all found in eastern North Carolina. The red wolf is considered the most endangered canine in the world.

Once common throughout the Southeastern United States, wolves nearly became extinct in the late 1960s, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched an aggressive conservation effort – the American Red Wolf Recovery Program – that has leads to new ways of tracking and protecting the species. These efforts have led to an increase in the number of wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina, but changes in the management of the recovery program have resulted in a further decline in the wild population in recent years.

The zoo has been part of the American Red Wolf Recovery Program since 1994 and has led the successful efforts to have the American Red Wolf become part of the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ SAFE (Saving Species From Extinction) program.

AZA SAFE Species programs aim to protect endangered species around the world. For more information visit https://www.aza.org/aza-safe.

To learn more about the North Carolina Zoo and our Red Wolf Program, please visit www.nczoo.org


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Meet Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba; NC zoo red wolf puppies get their names :: WRAL.com https://sotwmetal.com/meet-eno-harper-pearl-warrior-fisher-catawba-nc-zoo-red-wolf-puppies-get-their-names-wral-com/ https://sotwmetal.com/meet-eno-harper-pearl-warrior-fisher-catawba-nc-zoo-red-wolf-puppies-get-their-names-wral-com/#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/meet-eno-harper-pearl-warrior-fisher-catawba-nc-zoo-red-wolf-puppies-get-their-names-wral-com/ By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Go Ask Mom Editor Asheboro, North Carolina – The six Red Cubs born this spring at the North Carolina Zoo now have their names, thanks to a participatory vote. The four females and the two males will be called Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba. The names, appointed by the zoo’s […]]]>

– The six Red Cubs born this spring at the North Carolina Zoo now have their names, thanks to a participatory vote.

The four females and the two males will be called Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba.

The names, appointed by the zoo’s red wolf keepers and voted on by the public, are based on rivers in the Southeastern United States where critically endangered red wolves lived.

Between April 28 and 30, three litters totaling 12 puppies were born at the zoo as part of its red wolf breeding program. The names of the other puppies will be announced soon, the zoo reports. The zoo now has 35 red wolves, making it the second largest pack in the United States after the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

The newly named red wolf puppies were born into the public wolf habitat, giving zoo visitors a rare chance to see the puppies for a limited time. Most of them were born in the breeding area of ​​the red wolf, closed to the public.

Once common throughout the Southeastern United States, wolves nearly became extinct in the late 1960s, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched an aggressive conservation effort – the American Red Wolf Recovery Program – that has leads to new ways of tracking and protecting the species, according to the zoo. These efforts have led to an increase in the number of wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina, but changes in the management of the recovery program have resulted in a further decline in the wild population in recent years. There are only 15-20 red wolves left in the wild, and they are all found in eastern North Carolina. The red wolf is considered the most endangered canine in the world.

The zoo is in Asheboro, about 90 minutes from the Triangle.


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