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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 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Kristen Peterson
Jul 29, 2014 Michele Carella
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 JOHN HOOTON STOP THIS DISGUSTING PRACTICE NOW!!!!
Jul 29, 2014 June Berkhimer
Jul 29, 2014 Pamela Presti
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Patricia Diaz
Jul 29, 2014 Adrian Freeman
Jul 29, 2014 Sigfrido Quijano
Jul 29, 2014 Elisa Rico
Jul 29, 2014 Magdalini Tsi.
Jul 29, 2014 Jessica Scott Red Wolves are beautiful and majestic animals, they need the FWS to stand up and be a voice for them.
Jul 29, 2014 Marianne M
Jul 29, 2014 Sara Salvatore
Jul 29, 2014 Michael Syska
Jul 29, 2014 Ellen Cather PROTECT THE RED WOLVES. DO NOT LET THEM BE HARMED, ABUSED, TRAPPED, SUFFER OR KILLED.
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Jul 29, 2014 Marti May
Jul 29, 2014 Ash Rawal
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 29, 2014 Monika Szczurek
Jul 29, 2014 Geraldine losch
Jul 28, 2014 Martine Paredis
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Carola Roy
Jul 28, 2014 Sylvia Easton
Jul 28, 2014 Philippe Jungo
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Ida Basirico PROTECT THE RED WOLF!
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Mattice
Jul 28, 2014 Jennifer Waldo
Jul 28, 2014 Trish Gaunt
Jul 28, 2014 Keith Beam
Jul 28, 2014 lania marta
Jul 28, 2014 Teresa Evans
Jul 28, 2014 IANA COTTLE
Jul 28, 2014 mary jones
Jul 28, 2014 Joanna Challacombe
Jul 28, 2014 John Simone
Jul 28, 2014 lynn woods Just one more sample of extreme cruelty and waste of life leave them be
Jul 28, 2014 Caroline Klapproth
Jul 28, 2014 John Rudolph
Jul 28, 2014 Elizabeth Lindberg
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2014 marina castro
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Amber Miller These are beautiful creatures and deserve to live free, in the wild. If people are allowed to hunt them, they will become extinct. The thought of this just breaks my heart.

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