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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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

Jul 22, 2014 Sandy Sagitto
Jul 22, 2014 Shannon Rafuse
Jul 22, 2014 Simona Bergman
Jul 22, 2014 Jennifer Ash
Jul 22, 2014 Kelly Carpenter
Jul 22, 2014 Christine Hewitt
Jul 22, 2014 Debbie Waynick Leave these beautiful creatures alone North Carolina. You really do hate innocent animals, opposomes, red wolves. Give the world a break you ignorant idiots. I can say this as I have family who unfortunately live around these ignorant animal murderers!
Jul 22, 2014 E.W. W
Jul 22, 2014 Gordana Simunovic
Jul 22, 2014 Manuela De Tomasi
Jul 22, 2014 Robert clark
Jul 22, 2014 Angie Hris
Jul 21, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 21, 2014 Martina Necchi
Jul 21, 2014 Laura Krause
Jul 21, 2014 Jen Dowdy
Jul 21, 2014 Marly Medeiros
Jul 21, 2014 Lori Sage
Jul 21, 2014 Jill Brison
Jul 21, 2014 Isabelle Pritchett
Jul 21, 2014 Deidra Smith
Jul 21, 2014 ryan burger
Jul 21, 2014 Joseph Stokes
Jul 21, 2014 Joanne Story
Jul 21, 2014 Mark and Suzanne Rush We need these animals in our world to keep it healthy- STOP the killing!
Jul 21, 2014 Traci Anglace
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Carlos Rose
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Jul 21, 2014 Zoia Zhibrik
Jul 21, 2014 Ludi Loup
Jul 21, 2014 martine Hans
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Jul 21, 2014 ida olsson
Jul 21, 2014 Sally Nussle
Jul 21, 2014 Loretta Paraguassu
Jul 21, 2014 Claudia Cavallo
Jul 21, 2014 Valerie Laville
Jul 21, 2014 Anne M
Jul 21, 2014 Tom Finholt Save the red and black wolves that left and endangered.
Jul 21, 2014 K. Albert
Jul 21, 2014 Acassia pereira
Jul 21, 2014 Karen Paradiso
Jul 21, 2014 nanette diocson
Jul 21, 2014 Nancy MacArthur
Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Jul 21, 2014 Kim DeCore
Jul 20, 2014 Huney Goh

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