Eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population Under Review by USFWS

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington, DC -(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) awarded a contract to conduct a review of the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population to the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), of Cabot, Virginia.

Founded in 1911, WMI is a private, non-profit, scientific and educational organization, dedicated to the conservation, enhancement, and professional management of North America's wildlife and other natural resources. The evaluation will be completed in 60 days by October 10, 2014.

Under the Service’s contract, it will be peer reviewed and then used to help the Service determine the program’s future. That determination is expected to be finalized in early 2015. The evaluation will cover three primary areas: scientific, management, and public attitudes.

“Program evaluations are a normal practice to ensure optimal effectiveness and have been conducted in other recovery programs, such as the Mexican wolf recovery program,” said Leopoldo Miranda, Assistant Regional Director of Ecological Services in the Service’s Southeast Region. “Once we receive the final evaluation, we will review it and make a decision to continue, modify, or end the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population.”

“The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission fully supports this evaluation to ensure the red wolf recovery program is based on sound-science and is managed in full alignment with the Red Wolf Recovery Plan,” said Gordon Myers, Executive Director, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. “We are committed to assisting the Service any way we can throughout this process.”

“We are interested in the public’s perspectives regarding red wolves, and red wolf recovery efforts in Eastern North Carolina,” Miranda added. “As part of the public attitudes piece of the evaluation, the Service also asked WMI to conduct two public focus group sessions.”

WMI will host the first in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, in the Mattamuskeet High School Cafeteria located at 20392 U.S. Highway 264. The second will be held in Columbia, North Carolina, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, in the Columbia High School’s Auditorium at 902 East Main Street

Interested individuals may submit comments, concerns, or information regarding the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population and the program evaluation to the following e-mail: [email protected] WMI also is conducting a brief voluntary online survey that does not request any personal identifiable information. Interested individuals may submit input to either, or both. To access the survey visit the following link.

Any comments should be submitted no later than September 12, 2014. This will allow WMI time to review the comments and ensure relevant information can be considered during the review. Comments received after that date will not be considered in the program evaluation.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population Under Review by USFWS

    1. The current hysteria over the Red Wolf is just coming from those whose coyote hunting has been affected. We have coyotes here in Kitty Hawk and you never even see them. The Red Wolf of which there are only a hundred or so is in an area of millions of acres that is composed of wilderness,log woods and some farms on the Western edge. The wolves have a right to live. They do not attack humans and all of the paranoia about the hybrids is bunk. Predators serve to balance the ecosystem. the Wolves and Coyotes feed on a variety of things including small rodents and even plants and insects. They will also feed on carrion. At this time farmers want to shoot deer year round citing crop damage, a predator will keep the deer out of open fields and hiding as has been proven in and around Yellowstone National Park. Also in that area the reintroduction of the Gray Wolf has reduced the coyote population.
      The anti Wolf group is putting out all kinds of paranoia. If hybrid wolf/coyotes are overrunning Tyrell County as calimed by a certain Mr. Ferebee then where is the road kill in that area. I travel through the area regularly and have yet to see any dead coyotes,wolves or so called hybrids along the road. The sign of any overpopulation of an animal are road kills. Dead deer are seen regularly. This whole matter of the fear of the Red Wolf is just paranoia by those who cannot deal with the natural world. I would submit that one wolf per 1000 acres is hardly a problem. The recent decision to allow daylight coyote hunting should satisfy those who like to kill for “sport”. I would submit that killing for “sport” is a depraved thing to do.
      Sincerely, Greg Hamby

    2. I am For continuing the Red Wolf program and finding 2 more sites for them. No record of Red wolf attacking a human and few cattle. These animals became extinct before in the wild!! We don’t want this to happen again as then it will be to late to save them!!

    3. Ray Hampton, DNA proves red wolf in Eastern N.C. are 76% coyote 24% red wolf/dog mix, notred wolf. They are hybrids,they are top predetors depleting the other wildlife I love so dearly. Now the bunny huggers have stopped us from killing coyotes in the wolf/dog area. The coyotes are cross breeding with the wolf/dogs and we get super coyotes,yet another top predetor. Geee Thanks USFWS!!

    4. Wolves are an amazing animal, they cab also go from being out in the wild to being the family pet, it is too bad that so many people want them to just go away. I would nit mind having one around my place they are very loyal to the pack.

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