Uncertain future for federal red wolf program near NC coast

With fewer than three dozen red wolves remaining in the wild on the Albemarle Peninsula in Eastern North Carolina, the federal agency that oversees them will consider a change to the existing regulations governing the 30-year-old red wolf recovery program.Supporters of the program that reintroduced the federally endangered animal into the wild said a change to the current rules would imperil their existence.But opponents – many of whom are residents of the peninsula – said they hoped the Red Wolf Recovery Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would soon come to an end. The federal agency manages wildlife refuges and protects federally endangered species.

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Rare red wolf finds new home at Beardsley Zoo – Houston Chronicle

BRIDGEPORT — Another rare red wolf now calls the Beardsley Zoo home after arriving in mid-July, the zoo announced on Friday.The wolf, a 3-year-old named Peanut, came from the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. The zoo said the last few weeks were spent making Peanut comfortable in his new home.The zoo’s on-site veterinarian ruled Peanut to be in “excellent physical condition.” He joins the zoo’s female red wolf, Shy, who has been living at the city’s zoo since 2016.

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North Carolina gov: Endangered wolf protection should stay | Charlotte Observer

RALEIGH, N.C.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is urging federal authorities not to reduce protections for endangered red wolves, a species unique to the state.In a letter sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper asked the agency to maintain the current five-county conservation area for the endangered species.”The wild red wolf is part of the cultural and economic fabric of our state and is the only wolf Unique to the United States.” Cooper said in the letter, later adding that he had directed agencies under his control to work with federal wildlife officials to help with conservation efforts. “There is a viable path forward for North Carolina’s red wolves living in the wild.”

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American red wolf pups born at North Carolina Zoo – Greensboro – Triad Business Journal

Five American Red Wolves, a critically endangered species, have been born at the N.C. Zoo as part of the zoo’s red wolf breeding program.The pups, three females and two males, were actually born April 15 as storms and a tornado swept through the Triad.The pups remained unharmed throughout the turbulent weather, and their mother is also doing well. Four of the pups were named Thor, Thunder, Hurricane (Cane) and Typhoon (Ty). The fifth was named Oklahoma (Oakley) for the Oklahoma–shaped white mark on her chest.The zoo has nicknamed the pups the “Fab Five” and are the offspring Ayita (female) and Finnick (male), both 6 years old.

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Red wolves may be going extinct in the wild — again – The Washington Post

This sprawling mix of swamp and forest is the only place in the world where red wolves live in the wild, and on a breezy afternoon Ron Sutherland set out to find one.He drove an SUV slowly on lumpy dirt roads for nearly four hours, scanning spindly trees, murky canals, green thickets and muck. Two other sharp-eyed conservationists helping to search from the back seat also saw nothing.

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Triad filmmaker to show award-winning documentary at High Point Theatre | YES! Weekly

High Point, N.C.– Triad filmmaker, Jeffrey Mittelstadt, will host the North Carolina premiere of his award-winning documentary film, Staring Down Fate, on March 29 at the High Point Theatre. The film follows red wolf biologist Chris Lucash from working here in North Carolina with the only wild red wolf population in the world to his diagnosis with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Staring Down Fate is about searching for purpose in life and in mortality; about finding inspiration in the face of uncertainty.It is a story about 7.4 billion people and our relationship with nature told through one person’s life. Staring Down Fate won “Best Feature Film” across all genres at the Sunrise 45 Film Festival and one of the highest honors at Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, the “Atman Award for Diversity in Film.” Southern City Film Festival also awarded it “Honorable Mention” for Best Feature-Length Documentary.

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