The feds are offering up to a $2,500 reward after someone killed a red wolf in Tyrrell County.
The federally protected animal was found September 4th near Creswell. The red wolf was wearing a radio collar to help track it.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the maximum penalty for taking a red wolf is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The feds say after being nearly extinct, a re-population program now has about 100 red wolves roaming their native habitats in five counties in northeastern North Carolina.
Anyone with information on the death of the red wolf should call Special Agent Sandra Allred at (919) 856-4786, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at (252) 216-7504 or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at (252) 216-8225. (Source)
Note: Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
Red Wolves are only one of two species of wolves in the world. The other species is the larger Gray Wolf. In 1973 they were declared an endangered species and in 1980 the USFWS officially declared the Red Wolf extinct in the wild. However the USFWS captured 17 red wolves prior to 1980 and has used an extensive breading program in over 38 zoos and nature centers around the US to bring their numbers back to around 265 individuals as of August 2005.
In 1987 the Red Wolf was reintroduced first into the wilds of North Carolina and it is estimated that there are over 100 Red Wolves in the wild now. Another 165 or so are still in the captive breeding programs. Read the USFWS pamphlet to your right for more detailed information about this reintroduction.
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