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Red Wolves in North Carolina: Two down, four up

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Not two weeks after I posted news about the ongoing successful reintroduction of Red Wolves to North Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of two of them, one in east Hyde County and the other in the county’s western region. The first was found on April 23 and the other four days later.

My earlier post said the wolves were introduced as “non-essential experimental,” however, the article discussing the dead mentions a reward of $2,300 and that they are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The deaths of “non-essential experimental” animals under the ESA does not usually carry a fine.

My only theory on the confusion is that the reward is being offered because the deaths were not reported by the responsible party. In cases where penalties are avoided, the farmer/hunter has reported the wolves as nuisance to livestock or as a mistaken hunting kill.

Two of four new Red Wolf pups found in eastern North Carolina
May the species be propogated
Thankfully, the news of the two dead is offset by the discovery just three days ago of another healthy den of new pups.

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