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Endangered Red Wolf Legally Killed in N.C.; Puppies May be in Danger

posted Jun 27, 2015, 6:35 PM by chloe owens

6/25/15, by Jeff Hampton, Virginian-Pilot

Endangered red wolf legally killed in N.C.; puppies may be in danger

Wildlife protection advocates are calling for federal authorities to care for the puppies of a rare red wolf legally shot and killed on private property last week.  "The loss of this mother wolf is yet another blow to the highly endangered red wolf," said Kim Wheeler, executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition, in a statement. "That mother's remaining puppies are in danger now, and her future puppies will never be born." A landowner in Hyde County in northeastern North Carolina reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service he shot the wolf on June 17. The wolf showed signs of nursing, but it is unknown how many or where the puppies might be, said Pete Benjamin, a Raleigh field office supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Service. The puppies would have been nearly weaned by now, he said.