Poachers Killed About 10% of Nearly Extinct Red Wolf Population in the U.S.

This needs to stop before it’s too late.

The Red Wolf is classified as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species, with two out of three sub-species already extinct and only 90 to 100 individuals left in the third. To say that it is on the brink of extinction and needs protection is almost an understatement.

But things are not going well. Just this year, 9 red wolves have been killed. Just this week, authorities in North-Carolina has found 2 animals that have been shot, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put out a $26,000 reward for any information that would help its investigation.

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“The actions of a few ignorant, misguided criminals have severely crippled the recovery of one of the rarest animals in the United States,” said said Brett Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re adding $10,000 to the reward in the hope that someone with information about these terrible killings will step forward. But we also need the Fish and Wildlife Service to step up its law-enforcement and outreach efforts to stem this surging tide of poaching.”

But to complicate things, not all of the killings might have been intentional (though we can’t know for sure) because the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission authorized coyote hunting in the Red Wolf Recovery Area—including night hunting by spotlight—and it’s possible that hunters might have mistaken some red wolves for coyotes. Stopping this practice immediately, at least in the area where the red wolves live, would give them a better chance of survival.

Just so this article is not too bleak, I’ll leave you on this cute image of red wolf pups:


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Christine J.
Christine J1 years ago

I've never understood why people enjoy hunting. If the animal had a gun as well, then you might call it a sport.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put out a reward, but they need to actively enforce finding these poachers!!
If I knew who it was, they wouldn't have to pay me a penny, I'd turn the poachers in for free to stop them!!

Ashley heffner
Lady S4 years ago


Andre Jackson
Andre Jackson4 years ago

There should be some kind of imprisonment put into place or hunting should be banned in any state where there are endangered animals. I can't understand what satisfaction these boys and men can get out of killing animals for sport? The human race definitely has its drawbacks and this is just one of them!

Robyn Bashaw
Robyn Bashaw4 years ago

Hope to hear an update on this soon. At the very least, an education class needs to be set up for any hunters going into that area.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton4 years ago

For what our government is paying out of OUR tax dollars to do this crap. They could down load food with birth control or have these hunters' shoot a birth control shot. Everyone would be happy. Shame on all of you!!

Jade N.
Jade N4 years ago

true evil

Andre Jackson
Andre Jackson4 years ago

Don't be ashamed of your species. Be thank to GOD that you born with brain with a conscience and not a mass of dead tissue in your skull.

Andre Jackson
Andre Jackson4 years ago

These hunters all have a warped sense of "What is" and "What ain't". It probably due to chromosomal damage in their DNA.