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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 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
Sep 17, 2014 Tracy Davis
Sep 17, 2014 Robin Nowak
Sep 17, 2014 olympia bravo
Sep 17, 2014 Terecia Phillips
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Alison Howard-Levy
Sep 17, 2014 maureen oshea
Sep 17, 2014 Carl Piper
Sep 17, 2014 Michael Haskell
Sep 17, 2014 Jessica Doherty
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Sarah Morin
Sep 16, 2014 R Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Melissa Smith
Sep 16, 2014 Elaine Crépeau
Sep 16, 2014 Marie rose Dingens
Sep 16, 2014 Mal Scott
Sep 16, 2014 Joanne Hines
Sep 15, 2014 Marcelyn Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 Helen Cochems
Sep 15, 2014 Marci Plant
Sep 15, 2014 Diane DeArment
Sep 15, 2014 Daniela Alves
Sep 15, 2014 AJ Knepper
Sep 15, 2014 Sherry Smith
Sep 15, 2014 julie wylie save the wolves stop hunting and killing them
Sep 15, 2014 Mirjam White
Sep 15, 2014 Margaret Cyr
Sep 15, 2014 Viviane Escudie
Sep 15, 2014 asuncion mathey

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