The Red Wolf (Canis Rufus) has lived in North Carolina for over 30 years. Before it lived in North Carolina, it lived everywhere from New England throughout the Southeast, and even as far west as Texas. When the Europeans moved to those shores they started killing off the wolves, selling them for hundreds of dollars. The settlers started moving farther back into the land, causing the whole population of the wolves to be pushed back into the distant corners of Louisiana and Texas. The population started declining and declining until finally, the Red Wolf was listed as an endangered species.
That's when people started helping, or at least trying. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released four pairs of wolves into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, in hopes of them thriving, and increasing their population. Their effort seemed to be succeeding for a while. The population grew up to 120-130 wolves for a short time. It was steady until around 2012. But then, the Red Wolf was taken off of the endangered species list, because their numbers were high again. On November 4th, 2018, the law that all Red Wolves were being conserved resigned, allowing the immediate killing of any Red Wolf on private property, or on non-federal land, in what previously had been a designated five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area. The wolf is still off of the Endangered Species list, even though it is the most endangered species in the world, with only 8 alive in the wild right now.
There are actually people in Asheville helping to save the Red Wolves. In our Nature Center. We took in a pair of Red Wolves, Garnet (Male), and Karma (Female). They are being used for potential breeding, hoping to have babies that they are able to train to live in nature, and maybe even release someday. The Nature Center doesn´t just take in Red Wolves. They take in all endangered animals, From turtles to tigers. We can help by donating to them to help pay for food, bedding, and medicines for the animals.
Let's help bring back the population of Red Wolves by trying to do at least one of the following:
Story by Astrid Laughlin