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 Meet the "Other" Wolf

Red wolves are not part of the current USFWS delisting proposal but they need our support just the same.  By 1980, the red wolf was functionally extinct in the wild because of habitat destruction and systematic

Photo Courtesy of Red Wolf Coalition

extermination. Enough red wolves were rounded up from a remnant population along the Gulf Coast of eastern Texas and western Louisiana to begin a captive breeding program. In 1987, a reintroduction program began in northeastern North Carolina.  


Thanks to the hard work of the people at the USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program, facilities across the country participating in the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan or SSP, and the Red Wolf Coalition.  Red wolves now inhabit a small part of North Carolina.


Captive breeding under the red wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) has preserved genetically pure red wolves.  The Red Wolf Recovery Program pioneered captive breeding of  wolves for release into the wild, and the lessons from the red wolf reintroduction were applied to captive breeding of Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), another critically imperiled wolf, and the reintroduction of wolves to the Northern Rockies (Yellowstone and Idaho). 

Today red wolves still face many threats but the biggest threat of all is of human making.  Ten percent of this fragile population was killed by gunshot in the past year.  As red wolves are a federally protected species, the killing of red wolves is illegal.

 Although fully mature red wolves are much larger than eastern coyotes, young red wolves can be mistaken for
Photo Courtesy Red Wolf Coalition 
coyotes.  North Carolina law allows coyotes to be hunted throughout the state,  Currently there is a lawsuit pending to halt coyote hunting in the red wolf recovery area. 

Please watch for updates on this issue on the Wolfwatcher Facebook page.


Red wolves.....revered by the Cherokee and loved by many.

Breaking News!

Red wolf F1729 and her new mate, M1804, will be released into the wild this coming week at  St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges, Florida.


F1729 was born on one of the islands at the refuge.  She and her previous mate did not produce any pups so M1804, born

Red wolf ambassadors
Ambassador wolves Hank and Betty 

and raised at the Wolf Conservation Center, was flown in.  The couple have been getting used to each other while in an acclimation pen.   


During this time F1729 went through testing to ensure she is reproductively healthy.  Our Junior Wolfwatchers have adopted this lovely red girl and will be tracking her progress along with her new beau. To learn more about red wolves visit


Hunter Advocates for Wolves

Meet Robert Wilkinson of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is a lifelong outdoorsman who has hunted in Virginia, Montana and New Mexico.   He also advocates for wolves and is a volunteer with the National Wolfwatcher Coaltion.


He says, "I oppose wolf hunting due to the lack of true, scientific management goals. The basis that these goals seem to revolve around the social aspects of a hatred of wolves that is derived from Sportsmen organizations that wish for easy hunting of elk and deer, and "big agriculture" that despises all predators that take from their profit margins, no matter how small. Hatred of wolves is a learned behavior, passed on from hundreds of years of "tall tales" used to demonize an animal for doing what it is supposed to do, survive as an apex predator."
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We 'educate, advocate, and participate' for the long term recovery and preservation of wolves based on the best available science and the principles of democracy.  We:  

  1. Educate the public about the important role that wolves play in maintaining healthy ecosystems
  2. Inform the public about challenges to wolf recovery
  3. Support measures that promote peaceful coexistence with wolves on the landscape
  4. Educate the public about the issues in all regions and ways it can effectively participate in the democratic process to promote science-based decision-making about wolves.

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