In an effort to push the the critically endangered red wolf to EXTINCTION, the North Carolina State House approved in committee this morning state bill 1144 – a bill requiring USFWS to “declare the red wolf extinct in the wild.”

SECTION 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina hereby expresses its support for the Wildlife Resources Commission’s resolution dated January 29, 2015, requesting that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declare the red wolf (Canis rufus) extinct in the wild and terminate the Red Wolf Reintroduction Program in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, and the Wildlife Resources Commission’s resolution dated January 29, 2015, requesting that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service remove red wolves released onto private lands in the red wolf recovery area located in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties.

The bill will go to the floor of the Legislature later today.

If you are a North Carolina constituent, please call your state legislators TODAY and ask them to support red wolf protection in North Carolina and vote against House Bill H1144.
Find your NC representatives here.

The value and importance of conserving species and ensuring biodiversity is an accepted axiom of the 21st century. The importance of a keystone predator such as the red wolf to a balanced and resilient ecosystem is undeniable. That our policies should be motivated by these basic scientific principles is a must.

Continued support of the Recovery Program in eastern North Carolina is vital to the long-term prospects of the species. USFWS Director Ashe’s has stated that the agency is committed to use scarce resources for species facing the greatest risk of extinction. Thus, is it not USFWS’s obligation to adhere to the Endangered Species Act by strengthening its efforts to mitigate threats to red wolves in the recovery area (including human intolerance), and supporting the red wolf recovery program in the state?

There is a perceived notion that red wolves are a local or regional issue and that only the residents of North Carolina are impacted by the results of this review. Endangered species recovery, however, is a matter of pride and concern for all U.S. citizens. This is not an isolated issue for North Carolina. If USFWS abandons the program, it would establish a dangerous precedent – effectively allowing a state to refuse recovery efforts for endangered species if they don’t feel like complying.

USFWS is charged by federal law with protecting endangered species.

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A “lone wolf” in the natural world means something far different than the way the media is using it these days. A wolf that leaves its pack and strikes out on its own is called a ‘lone wolf.’ Its solo status makes it more vulnerable to attack by other wolves and to malnutrition. Some lone wolves are subordinates who leave when food becomes scarce.

Mostly, a lone wolf is a wolf that is searching, and what it seeks is another wolf – a mate and unoccupied territory and sufficient food to survive. It will sometimes travel **hundreds** of miles from where it was born because everything in its nature tells it to belong to something greater than itself ~ a family or ‘pack.’

Wolves who do this are called ‘dispersers’ and their dispersal ensures the critical genetic exchange between wolves from different family groups which keeps all wolf populations healthy. So, when you hear the term ‘lone wolf,’ think of a strong, resilient and rugged individualist who is devoted to family and healthy life-long bonds.

It is time humans start owning up to their own shortcomings instead of attributing it to other species.


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