“The Committee acknowledges the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s request that the [Fish and Wildlife] Service end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct,” it said.

The red wolf, Canis rufus, currently exists only as a small population in one part of North Carolina. It’s listed under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered, which means it’s one step away from being extinct in the wild.

That’s why it strikes us as odd that, hidden in a Senate report related to funding for the Department of the Interior, is an order to end the red wolf recovery program that’s currently being run by the federal government.

It cites impacts on “landowners and other species” as being the reason, also noting that “the program has failed to meet population goals for the red wolf.” The text contains no citations to any research that backs up these claims.

Despite this, the aforementioned North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has for several years now wanted to end the recovery program for the reasons cited in the report. Landowners and hunters generally support the move to push red wolves into extinction.

Most scientists and conservationists, however, disagree, and it seems the FWS has been on their side until the recent changing of the guard.

“It is morally reprehensible for Senator Murkowski and her committee to push for the extinction of North Carolina’s most treasured wild predator.” Perrin de Jong, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.

Responses to "Senate Wants To Force The Critically Endangered Red Wolf Into Extinction"

  1. Republicans will only be happy when every predator is extinct. They want unfettered access to land so they can own the land and place nonnative species like sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs where once the beautiful native mammals lived. They will do their best to exterminate native people along with native animal species, native plants, and native insects. They are doing their best to create Europe on the North American continent and wipe out North America in its entirety.

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