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Red wolves once roamed across the southeastern United States. Today, they are making their last stand in the scrub forests of eastern North Carolina. One of the leading causes of red wolf deaths is gun-shot mortality, including from hunters who mistake the small wolves for coyotes.

Thanks to legal action filed by Defenders and other groups, red wolves won a temporary reprieve, and coyote hunting has been halted in wolf territory. But now, FWS is under increased pressure from anti-wolf groups to walk away from recovery efforts – making it more important than ever for Americans to speak out in support of this critically endangered population.

Tell FWS to stand up for red wolves and continue recovery efforts for this critically endangered wolf!

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Dear Director Ashe,

As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and someone who cares deeply about wolves, I'm writing today urging you to step up and continue red wolf recovery efforts in North Carolina.

Recently, Defenders and its allies were able to secure a preliminary injunction halting coyote hunting in the designated Red Wolf Recovery Area; however, this is only one of the factors necessary to ensuring the recovery and survival of red wolves.

The red wolf once ranged throughout the eastern and south central United States. However, intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species' habitat had greatly reduced its numbers by the early 20th century. Designated as an endangered species in 1967, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. In 1987, an experimental population of red wolves was reintroduced into eastern North Carolina.

Today, only 90-110 wild red wolves remain in North Carolina — the only place they exist in the wild. Red wolf recovery efforts must not only be maintained, but also expanded if the species is to survive in the wild.

It is vital that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to stand behind and fully fund the Red Wolf Recovery Program; we can't allow these wolves to be exterminated once again from their native lands.

I'm urging you to stand strong and not abandon the recovery efforts that are vital to the existence of this species.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures

Sep 20, 2014 kaitlyn odonnell
Sep 20, 2014 David Glick
Sep 20, 2014 Liz Piercey
Sep 20, 2014 antri papapanagiotou
Sep 20, 2014 Rita Florsheim
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Budia
Sep 20, 2014 Breanne Davis
Sep 19, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 19, 2014 Robin Mayne
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Sep 19, 2014 Sandra Buras
Sep 19, 2014 john kilroy
Sep 19, 2014 ana murici
Sep 19, 2014 Thomas Weisenberger All wolves need to be protected
Sep 19, 2014 Carrie Wyatt
Sep 19, 2014 Heather Spivey
Sep 19, 2014 Tracy Shirley
Sep 19, 2014 Penny Karn
Sep 19, 2014 Danny Kline
Sep 19, 2014 Lauren Lunde
Sep 19, 2014 desiree van arkens
Sep 19, 2014 jenny van rensburg
Sep 19, 2014 Tatiana Quinones Protect all wildlife. They are a gift to us and not our right to do what we want with them.
Sep 19, 2014 Jerrica Kelly
Sep 19, 2014 damir val
Sep 19, 2014 Tatum Young Stop, think and save the Red Wolves!
Sep 18, 2014 Jennifer Adkins
Sep 18, 2014 M R
Sep 18, 2014 Andrea Russell
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Lisa Burden Save the red wolves!
Sep 18, 2014 JUDY GAUGER
Sep 18, 2014 Ian whitelaw
Sep 18, 2014 Brenda Bernstein
Sep 18, 2014 Mary Bowman
Sep 18, 2014 Kira Henson
Sep 18, 2014 Anna Shumakova
Sep 17, 2014 Kris Priester
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 sandra zielke
Sep 17, 2014 Celles Koontz Shame on anyone who wants to kill these helpless critters
Sep 17, 2014 Chari Birnholz
Sep 17, 2014 rafaela gomes
Sep 17, 2014 florinda gomes
Sep 17, 2014 fataneh fazeli
Sep 17, 2014 Megan Tillman
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 sherri pickett

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