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Fate of World’s Last 45 Red Wolves in the Wild in Hands of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

posted Dec 3, 2016, 1:57 PM by chloe owens

9/6/16, by Dan Zukowski, Ecowatch

Fate of World’s Last 45 Red Wolves in the Wild in Hands of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USFWS, which has been managing a recovery operation for the critically endangered red wolf, will decide the fate of the species this month. Just 45 animals remain in and near the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina…Predator control programs and loss of habitat decimated red wolf populations…As a result of the captive breeding program and reintroduction, wild red wolf populations increased throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, peaking at 130 animals in 2006. Populations then went into a decline, followed by a severe crash beginning in 2014…Results of a poll in North Carolina voters released on Aug. 17 showed that 73 percent support red wolf recovery efforts.

http://www.ecowatch.com/red-wolves-1998211989.html

 

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