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To: USFWS Director Dan Ashe
Red Wolf Allies: We Need Your Howl
Continue working to recover red wolves on federal, state and private lands and grow the Red Wolf Recovery Program.
Why is this important?
A coalition of wildlife advocacy groups are pushing back against the few vocal, special-interest groups in North Carolina who want to see the red wolf go extinct. If they get their way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate its recovery efforts rather than listen to the thousands of other citizens and scientists who strongly support keeping the program alive.
Red wolves were first reintroduced into the wild in 1987 at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. And today a free-ranging population of 50 to 75 wolves inhabits about 1.7 million acres of federal, private and state lands in northeast North Carolina, making the recovery program a success so far.
While there's still work to be done to properly restore populations, it will be impossible without the commitment of the Service, which has noted it will only move forward with support from local landowners in the recovery area.
Please sign our letter to the Service showing your support for keeping red wolves on federal, state and private lands. This remarkable recovery program is not yet done.
Dear Director Dan Ashe,
We, the undersigned, are outraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering terminating the red wolf recovery program in North Carolina and removing these endangered wolves from their ancient homes. As local residents and private landowners within this recovery area, we support keeping red wolves on federal, state and private lands -- whatever is needed to help them survive.
We have something unique and rare here that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The presence of these red wolves helps our local economy, as tourists from all over come to visit the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The wolves also provide a host of ecological benefits -- keeping invasive species in check, enhancing biodiversity and balancing the ecosystem -- while posing no threat to humans or livestock. We fully support them coexisting on our lands and disagree with any notion that they must be removed for lack of private landowner support in the red wolf recovery counties in North Carolina.
As director of the Service, you have the power to determine this rare animal's fate. But your agency also has a legal obligation under the Endangered Species Act to restore this species. We urge you to consider the economic and ecological benefits that red wolves bring to our community during your review of the recovery program, and we want you to know that there is definite, local support for keeping these red wolves on private land in North Carolina and growing the recovery program here.