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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


Jul 24, 2014 Bonnie Hearthstone
Jul 24, 2014 Marion Hoessl
Jul 24, 2014 Shana Mokuau
Jul 24, 2014 Elizabeth Kohen
Jul 24, 2014 vicky wesney
Jul 24, 2014 Clara Elsa Perez
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Jul 24, 2014 Beatriz Pallanes
Jul 24, 2014 Alicia Gasparini
Jul 24, 2014 Hadjigeorgiou Frangiskos
Jul 24, 2014 Matthew F. Tabor
Jul 24, 2014 Jennifer Warden
Jul 24, 2014 Theresa Fay
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Jul 24, 2014 Amber Stephens
Jul 24, 2014 jean lefevre
Jul 24, 2014 Danielle Santos
Jul 24, 2014 Morgan Yigdal
Jul 24, 2014 Kandice Cole
Jul 24, 2014 Laura Leifer
Jul 24, 2014 Gary Smythe Extinct in Mississippi - please help!
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Jul 24, 2014 Marge Garvey
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Jul 24, 2014 LILLY POWERS
Jul 24, 2014 Samuel Goodwin-Walton
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Save the wolves!!
Jul 24, 2014 virginia bolger
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood
Jul 24, 2014 Margaret Landrum
Jul 24, 2014 Lianne Jones
Jul 24, 2014 Izabela Bogusławska
Jul 24, 2014 Kevin Lyerla
Jul 24, 2014 Dorothy Wood
Jul 24, 2014 Claudia Hall “IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION & PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO WILL DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN.” ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Jul 24, 2014 Claire Whittaker
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Jul 23, 2014 Elena Popkova
Jul 23, 2014 Nicole Ratliff
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Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Bloomer
Jul 23, 2014 Rachel Nelson
Jul 23, 2014 Sharon Messruther
Jul 23, 2014 Colleen M King
Jul 23, 2014 Nikki Ross
Jul 23, 2014 Teresa Hammond
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Jul 23, 2014 Sonja Elídóttir
Jul 23, 2014 P. LeVous
Jul 23, 2014 Jennifer Lucier

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