Bears, alligators and red wolves get more space to roam in North Carolina | Wildlife & Nature | pilotonline.com

Buckridge Reserve

Bears, red wolves, bald eagles and alligators just got a bigger place to roam in eastern North Carolina.

The state purchased 2,224 acres known as the Woodley Tract in Tyrrell County, enlarging the Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Coastal Reserve to nearly 30,000 acres of peat soils, wetlands and forests, according to a release from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

The cost to the state was $520,965. The landowner donated $117,200 of the value, said state spokeswoman Patricia Smith.

The Buckridge Coastal Reserve is part of nearly 350,000 acres set aside for wildlife habitat in the region that includes three national wildlife refuges in Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

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Endangered red wolf pups emerge from their den after six weeks to explore their new habitat | Durham Herald Sun

This week at the Museum of Life and Science, six-week-old endangered red wolf pups begin to emerge from their den and become more adventurous. It brings the total number of wolves in the habitat to 10, spanning three generations.

Source: Endangered red wolf pups emerge from their den after six weeks to explore their new habitat | Durham Herald Sun

St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge recovering after Hurricane Michael, government shutdown | News | wtxl.com

ST. VINCENT ISLAND (WTXL) – A second government shutdown has been avoided, but the five week shutdown earlier this year is having a lasting impact on a National Wildlife Refuge in our area. Just off the coast of Gulf and Franklin Counties, St. Vincent Island is home to endangered species and a host of other wildlife.But during the longest government shutdown ever, the island was left unattended for weeks. “The staff was not able to be here. We lost 600 hours of their time working on the refugee managing wildlife,” said Susan Cerulean, Incoming President of Friends of St. Vincent NWR. One of the animals most affected by the shutdown was the endangered red wolf.There are only about 200 red wolves in the U.S with four of them living on St. Vincent. Volunteer Nancy Stewart says staff members try to tag baby red wolves during January because when wolves get scared, their body temperatures rise.

Source: St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge recovering after Hurricane Michael, government shutdown | News | wtxl.com

Pack of Wild Dogs in Texas Carry DNA of Nearly Extinct Red Wolf | Smart News | Smithsonian

Red wolves once roamed a broad stretch of the southeastern United States, settling in several states including Texas, Florida and West Virginia. But by 1980, the canines were virtually extinct in the wild, their population largely limited to wolves born through captive breeding programs.Today, just 40 or so of these elusive red wolves—stemming from a group reintroduced to North Carolina in the late ‘80s—remain living in the wild. Luckily, Ed Cara writes for Gizmodo, a team of Princeton University researchers recently chanced upon a surprising discovery that could very well secure the threatened species’ future: As the scientists report in the journal Genes, a pack of canines native to Texas’ Galveston Island carry elements of the red wolf’s DNA, including so-called “ghost alleles” once thought to have vanished from the genetic record.

Source: Pack of Wild Dogs in Texas Carry DNA of Nearly Extinct Red Wolf | Smart News | Smithsonian

OP-ED: On the edge of extinction: Why we should save the red wolf | Opinion | technicianonline.com

nstead of seeking to dominate and control the Earth, we should respect and live in harmony with all of the creatures in it. We do not have the right, as humans, to determine which species can stay and which can go. For this reason, we should do everything in our power to help and protect those that cannot protect themselves.The survival of the red wolf is in jeopardy, mostly due to human encroachment and unregulated hunting. As of now, it is the most critically endangered mammal in the world and without intervention and protection, it will soon become extinct. The red wolf is the only species of wolf that is native and unique to the United States.

Source: OP-ED: On the edge of extinction: Why we should save the red wolf | Opinion | technicianonline.com

Federal Court finds that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Management of Reintroduced Red Wolves Violated Endangered Species Act – Lexology

On November 4, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted summary judgment in favor of conservation organizations Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute in a case challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) administration of the recovery program for endangered red wolves (Canis rufus).

Source: Federal Court finds that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Management of Reintroduced Red Wolves Violated Endangered Species Act – Lexology