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Red Wolves Will Still be Protected - but More by Zoos Than in the Wild

posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:06 PM by chloe owens

9/12/16, by Darryl Fears, The Washington Post

Red wolves will still be protected – but more by zoos than in the wild

The federal government announced Monday that it will work to increase the captive population of endangered red wolves…The reintroduction project will be greatly restricted, however, and some wolves may be removed from the wild…doubling the number of captive wolves to 400 in zoos across the country is the only way to save red wolves…it would remove isolated packs of wild red wolves from private lands in several North Carolina counties near where they were reintroduced and place them in a single county within the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge…conservationist groups disagreed…Fish and Wildlife was in effect abandoning its plan to bring wild wolves back to their native habitat…North Carolina bullied Fish and Wildlife into folding its effort into one county…Fish and Wildlife declined to work with North Carolina officials to strengthen penalties for shooting wolves, failed to engage landowners in a workable solution and turn to conservation groups to raise money to buy land that could be transformed into sanctuaries for wolves.