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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 1, 2014 Jessica Mulqueen
Sep 1, 2014 Jennifer Hennes The wolves have to be protected! In the 50's the wolves were all killed off. It did not work for the ecosystem and we had to get Canadian wolves and release them in this country to bring them back!
Sep 1, 2014 linda tracton
Sep 1, 2014 Allison Vick
Sep 1, 2014 Hannah Ward
Sep 1, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Donna Madrid Save the red wolf. They are part of our American heritage.
Sep 1, 2014 Mimi Torchin
Sep 1, 2014 J.A. Jennings
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Mark Hain
Sep 1, 2014 sufi olsen
Sep 1, 2014 Daryl Gervacio
Sep 1, 2014 willi grimm
Sep 1, 2014 Morgan Bono
Sep 1, 2014 Joshua Blackfoot
Sep 1, 2014 Marleen Neus
Sep 1, 2014 Mandy York
Sep 1, 2014 Buddy Platt
Sep 1, 2014 talyne belka
Sep 1, 2014 Roswitha Hanowski
Sep 1, 2014 David Addison
Sep 1, 2014 Balint Molnar
Sep 1, 2014 Sónia Raimundo
Sep 1, 2014 Silvia Bertano
Aug 31, 2014 Dolores Machart
Aug 31, 2014 MARIE PLAHN
Aug 31, 2014 patricia janssens
Aug 31, 2014 jacquelyn kohl
Aug 31, 2014 Ashley Kopeck
Aug 31, 2014 ellie Casarez
Aug 31, 2014 Penny Quetel
Aug 31, 2014 Maria Clemente
Aug 31, 2014 Brenda Flores
Aug 31, 2014 kasie ribeiro
Aug 31, 2014 peter scott
Aug 31, 2014 Aditya Bhargava
Aug 31, 2014 Nancy Fox
Aug 30, 2014 tomislav fumić
Aug 30, 2014 Claire Sefiane
Aug 30, 2014 Kristen House
Aug 30, 2014 Cassandra Padula
Aug 30, 2014 Taylor Aben
Aug 30, 2014 Jennifer Fox
Aug 30, 2014 Shiela Smith
Aug 30, 2014 Elsa Silva
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Alisa Dunn

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