Public Meetings Scheduled To Discuss Future Of Red Wolf Recovery Program

Jun 6, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings with residents in eastern North Carolina to discuss the future management of the red wolves in five counties there.
Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Residents and interested parties will have a chance to once again weigh in on the future of the wild red wolf population in eastern North Carolina.

Almost everything about the red wolf recovery program has been a source of debate in recent years, from the animal’s status as a stand-alone species, to its impact on local wildlife.
Currently, only about 45 red wolves live in the wild, in a five-county area in and around the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
In September 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – under pressure from some local landowners and hunting enthusiasts - proposed reducing the animal’s footprint, and doing more captive breeding.
That prompted some animal-rights proponents to claim that the Service was planning to do away with the program completely.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife will hold two public comment sessions this week, in Swan Quarter and Manteo.