In 1980 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared red wolves extinct in the wild. Prior to this biologists had captured 17 wolves of which 14 became the founders of a successful zoo-based breeding program. Slowly some of them have been released back into the wild. But the red wolf is not out of danger yet.

The Red Wolf is classified as "Critically Endangered" by the IUCN's Red List of Endangered Species, with two out of three sub-species already extinct and only 90 to 100 individuals left in the third. It is virtually on the brink of extinction and needs extra protection.

But things are not going well this year for the red wolf. In 2013, 9 red wolves have been killed already. Just this week, authorities in North-Carolina hace found 2 animals that have been shot. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put out a $26,000 reward for any information that would help its investigation.

According to Brett Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity, "The actions of a few ignorant, misguided criminals have severely crippled the recovery of one of the rarest animals in the United States. We’re adding $10,000 to the reward in the hope that someone with information about these terrible killings will step forward. But we also need the Fish and Wildlife Service to step up its law-enforcement and outreach efforts to stem this surging tide of poaching.”

But intentional poaching isn't the only problem. To complicate things, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has authorized coyote hunting in the Red Wolf Recovery Area which includes night hunting by spotlight. It’s possible that hunters might have mistaken some red wolves for coyotes since they are similar in appearance. Stopping this practice immediately, where the red wolves live, would give them a better chance of survival.

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Responses to "Poachers kill 10% of the remaining Red Wolf population in North Carolina (Video - Petition)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you hear of anyone killing a red wolf you can get a reward so much better than what joy you get out of this senseless killing.

  2. faith says:

    Please consider signing the attached petition.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Please step up too the plate and help savd the beloved red wolves

  4. Linda says:

    Signing this petition is very crucial to the survival of the endangered Red Wolf...Please sign now!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Enough is enough!!!

  6. Unknown says:

    Well where is petition to sign, I can't pass this on without a link to sign.

  7. Unknown says:

    I want to sign the petition!

  8. Unknown says:

    I want to sign the petition!

  9. falkirk says:

    signed but not done yet

  10. Anonymous says:

    They are God's creatures, they were put here for a reason; so why is man hell bent to destroy them? They are greedy and inhumane bloody killers who deserve the same treatment they gave the wolves they killed.

  11. Unknown says:

    C'est cruel de tuer les loups ou tout autre animal et j'espère que les assassins seront en prison à vie !!! je signe de bon <3

  12. jean flynn says:

    Why would any one do this ,it sickings me i love dogs of any kind !!!

  13. jean flynn says:

    Why would any one do this ,it sickings me i love dogs of any kind !!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Someone please explain to me.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared red wolves extinct in the wild; red wolves are classified as "Critically Endangered" by the IUCN's Red List of Endangered Species (World Conservation Union (IUCN).
    If hunters might be mistaking red wolves for coyotes, you’d think U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Federal) would be able to override any North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s authorization of anything.
    Check out pictures of red wolves and coyotes. They are very similar. Would be difficult to tell them apart in daylight, never mind the stupid idea of night hunting by spotlight.
    Night hunting by spotlight is poaching, plain and simple.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have signed the petition. I live in Alberta. The link and info has been posted and shared on facebook by people in Canada.

  16. Unknown says:

    We can't loose any more of these beautifull animals husky DIAMOND..sounds just like them ...its a wonderfull call to each other..

  17. Anonymous says:

    The petition should be right above this and right below the video

  18. says:

    Do these poachers understand the meaning of "extinct"? It means no more, EVER, EVER, EVER AGAIN!!!!! If for no other reason than maintaining stock, keep the numbers up.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wolf do not eat meat every day, they only hunt when they are hungry, they do not hunt for pleasure and they do not got any guns. and do not kill everything around them.

    Hunters eat meat every day ,they hunt for pleasure and fun, they got guns and they are dangerous and kill a lot around them .

  20. Anonymous says:

    That is sick. These wolfs are part of the nature. On the other side we should declare hunting season against the poachers.

  21. these wolves are morning and crying. this is horrible!!!!

  22. Unknown says:

    I signed the pitition. and will keep signing them.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Signed, as I always do. People need to stop mindlessly shooting every animal in their path, if they want to kill something why not hunt down Ian Watkins.

  24. Unknown says:

    definitely signing petition, I am fan of wolves of any kind

  25. Unknown says:

    love Wolf

  26. Bill Chapin says:

    why is it we kill what we fear,and fear what we do not understand,or try to?

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