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Red Wolves Endangered By Rule Designed to Protect Them - 7th Wolf Killed


Animals  (tags: wolves, endangered, animalwelfare, animals, animaladvocates, wildlife, wildanimals, protection, humans, habitat )

Cal
- 678 days ago - wildlifeextra.com
The red wolf is one of the world's most endangered wild canids. Once common throughout the south-eastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960's due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat.



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:37 pm

Each time wolves are reintroduced to their natural environments the entire bio-ecology of the area is regenerate. Top predators hep to bring and keep a natural balance to ecology of an area. People are allowing some ancient fears of wolves and very loose laws to again attempt to wipe out the species, we are too stupid to be allowed to exist.

Statement from Red Wolf Recovery Program:

Unfortunately, we experience an increased rate of mortality during the fall hunting seasons. The 4 wolves that have been killed as a result of suspected illegal means is not uncommon, at least in the numbers we have seen over the last 7 years. However, it is much higher than what we experienced during the first 17 years of our reintroduction program.
I think a certain amount of persecution is occurring. However, it is difficult to quantify. People still carry their beliefs that top-level predators are dangerous and must be eliminated. Also, we have a situation where two closely related species (the red wolf and the coyote) occur in the same area. One is a critically endangered species (the red wolf), whereas the other is considered an pest species (the coyote).

This certainly leads to confusion when the current method for "controlling" the pest species is indiscriminate killing.We estimate the wild red wolf population at between 100 and 120 animals. About 70 of the wolves wear radio-telemetry collars. We also have about 40 coyotes that wear radio-telemetry collars and are managed by the Red Wolf Recovery Program.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:00 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:07 pm
Thanks for the heads up.
 

Birgitta S. (230)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:25 pm
Thank you for this, Cal
 

Birgitta S. (230)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:26 pm
:-((((((((((((((
 

Christeen Anderson (510)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:34 pm
Thanks for a very informative article.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:51 pm
Infuriating!
 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:14 pm
Upsetting - and thanks Kit - I don't know how a mind like yours exists - but it sure helps those of us who are more "challenged"! :)
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:43 pm
I thought this sidebar shed a good deal of light on why red wolves are being shot:

Endangered by Coyote Hunt

There are around 110 Red wolves alive in the wild today. At least seven have been shot dead this year, and wildlife authorities blame a change of rules that allows shooting coyotes at night. And why are they hunting Coyotes? Apart from the usual shoot anything mentality, coyotes have been identified as a threat to Red wolves through interbreeding. However it seems unlikely that a suitable answer to this problem is to shoot the animals that they are meant to be protecting.
 

Shawna S. (42)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:49 pm
Such a sad cycle we humans put these creatures through. Thanks Cal & Kit :")
 

John B. (175)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:51 pm
Thanks Cal. for the post. Sad and disheartening. Read and noted.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:09 pm
that just made me very sad to read.
 

Jules W. (61)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:15 pm
Ditti :(
 

Leslene Dunn (75)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 10:59 pm
Noted - can't even comment - I am so distraught that I wish I could climb into some hole and never come out again.
 

Ela V. (85)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 11:44 pm
sad
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:35 am
Sad, maybe they should pass out cards so that hunters know the difference between a red wolf and a coyote, especially if they are small, and frequently are not red.
 

Danuta Watola (1204)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 4:30 am
Noted.
 

Kate A. (10)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 7:58 am
S/N, thank u
 

Roxy H. (337)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:32 am
NORTH CAROLINA : RED WOLVES :

7th red wolf shot since N.C. loosened coyote hunting...

MANTEO, N.C.


Federal wildlife officials say a seventh protected red wolf has been shot to death since North Carolina adopted a rule allowing coyotes to be hunted at night with spotlights.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday a slain red wolf was found last week south of Columbia, in Tyrrell County. All seven were shot since the state Wildlife Resources Commission allowed overnight coyote hunting in August.

The latest dead red wolf was found days after wildlife and environmental groups won a court order suspending the nighttime hunt in the five counties in northeast North Carolina where about 100 wolves live wild.

Red wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act and their appearance is so close to coyotes the two species are hard to distinguish even during the day.

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/12/7th-red-wolf-shot-nc-loosened-coyote-hunting
with Jacob Aichinger Wolves.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:35 am
sigh .... and The Wolf Army Has Been in Court With NC 2 times to remove them and still being blocked ... Finally at least the Night Time Hunt is Suspended... Its a Court Hell at the moment
 

Barbara D. (75)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 10:22 am
For if one link in Nature's chain be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal.
Thomas Jefferson
 

Joan McAllister (1083)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 11:04 am
Signed & Noted. Thanks Cal
 

Thomas P. (468)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 11:37 am
Noted...this is crazy
 

Kye J. (41)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:40 pm
Very upsetting.The oinly good hunter is a dead one.
 

Kye J. (41)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:41 pm
Very upsetting.The only good hunter is a dead one
 

Jaime A. (33)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 1:24 pm
Noted, upsetting.!!
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 1:41 pm
Noted, agree with all, its upsetting and sickening
 

Aaron Bouchard (129)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 1:47 pm
Noted thanks
 

LMj Sunshine (134)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:48 pm
Heartbreaking...
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:43 pm
Noted & posted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:46 pm
Wolves are an essential part of the natural ecosystem, but humans have messed it up.
 

Sylvie Bermannova (39)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 4:20 pm
Very sad. I'm hoping that it is still possible to save them from extinction and that it will be done right.
 

Christine Stewart (132)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:07 pm
How ridiculous to allow hunting at night- any a**hole can claim "I thought I was shooting a coyote"- even if they darn well knew they were shooting a red wolf.
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:45 pm
:( :(
 

Michelle R. (5)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 7:28 pm
noted
 

. (7)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 7:37 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:42 am
Thanks for sharing this news link Cal.
 

Aaron Bouchard (129)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:40 pm
Noted thanks
 
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