Forcing The Red Wolf To Extinction

Forcing The Red Wolf To Extinction

Like all wolves in this country, the red wolf has a tragic history. Noble restoration efforts have only been shit upon by people who think they have the right to drive a species to extinction. In my opinion that is the worst thing you can do on this planet. It is murder. It is genocide. No different than Hitler trying to exterminate the Jews. No land owner’s welfare is worth the elimination of an entire species of animal in the wild forever. How can the Endangered Species Act allow this to happen? Oh, yeah, the Interior Department and government wildlife agencies have no interest in nature and are not doing the work their jobs mandate them to do. All they care about is business, recreation, and money -but no amount of any of that is worth extinction.

Government at its worst. Sacrificing the future for the quick buck and the appeasement of ignorant people who are going to naturally die off anyway because the future has no place for their archaic, narrow-minded views.  This kind of garbage human behavior and attitudes needs to change.

Interior Department is OK with killing off endangered red wolves

Wildlife Service wants to drastically shrink their tiny habitat, let hunters and farmers shoot if they stray

Sarah Okeson
July 8, 2018 10:59am (UTC)

Trump’s Fish and Wildlife Service is working to kill off the three dozen or so struggling red wolves that remain in the wild by shrinking their territory in eastern North Carolina to about 12% of the 1.7 million acres they now have and letting landowners slaughter wolves if they cross the boundaries.

Red wolves, once found across the eastern United States, are now perhaps the most endangered mammal on the planet, rarer than world’s 2,000 Bengal tigers in the wild and more than 1,500 giant pandas.

“The Trump administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service is declaring open season to kill the last of America’s red wolves, which are on the verge of extinction,” said Perrin de Jong, a staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

A proposal backed by James Kurth, the deputy director of the service, says a single pack or two, perhaps fewer than 15 animals, could remain on the 152,000 acres of the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge and the 46,619 acres of the Dare County Bombing Range.

People would be able to kill the wolves when they stray outside the allowed areas and would only be required to notify the Fish and Wildlife Service within 24 hours and to return any collars the wolves were wearing.

North Carolina’s junior senator, Thom Tillis, a Republican, has tried to have the animals, declared extinct in the wild in 1980, pronounced extinct for the second time.

“I think it makes the most sense to shut the program down to figure out how to do it right and build some credibility with the landowners,” Tillis said in 2016.

The animals, which weigh 45 to 80 pounds as adults, are notoriously shy. They eat deer, rats, rabbits and other animals. Red wolves were one of the first animals listed under the Endangered Species Act and reintroduced after in North Carolina after a breeding program in zoos.

In 1987, four male-female red wolf pairs were released at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Forty-two red wolves were released from 1987 to 1992. At least 22 red wolves were born in the wild. The number of red wolves peaked at an estimated 130 in 2006.

The wolves have killed just five livestock since 1997: goats, chickens and a hog. But their existence is resented by many North Carolina landowners.

At least some red wolves have been illegally killed. Seventeen wolves died of confirmed or suspected gunshot wounds from 2013 to 2015, and one was poisoned. More than 500 private landowners and farmers told the Fish and Wildlife Service tokeep red wolves off their land.

A 2014 review of federal recovery efforts by the Wildlife Management Institute found not enough oversight and support. Much of the program’s $1.3 million in annual expenses was spent on sterilizing area coyotes to try to prevent them from breeding with red wolves.

About 200 red wolves are in zoos, and if efforts to protect them in the wild are essentially abandoned their future will be as caged animals.

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