Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Public Meetings on Red Wolf Recovery Program
In-person and virtual public meetings scheduled to give updates on releases and continuing recovery efforts for one of the world’s most endangered canids
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold meetings to update private landowners and the general public on the Red Wolf Recovery Program, including revitalized recovery efforts for the species, the status of recovery efforts in the eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population area, and future planning efforts for the recovery of the species. With interest in the Red Wolf Recovery Program spanning areas across the historic range of the species, both in-person and virtual meetings will be held.

An in-person meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., at the 4-H Center in Columbia, North Carolina. Questions may be submitted in advance but will also be taken live during the question-and-answer session. To submit in advance, email When submitting questions to the email address, please note in the subject line whether the questions are for the in-person or virtual meeting. Directions to the 4-H Center are online at the following link:

A virtual public informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST. Questions may be submitted in advance during the registration process but will also be taken live online. Information on how to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting is on the Service’s website at the following link:

When releases of endangered red wolves resumed in eastern North Carolina in early 2020, the public's focus on this charismatic species was reignited. America’s red wolf – a distinct canid species native to North America – is one of the most imperiled species of canids in the world. Once declared extinct in the wild, the recovery efforts undertaken for the red wolf have set the stage for several subsequent large carnivore reintroduction efforts across the nation.

For more than 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have worked to conserve and recover the red wolf. The Service has been revitalizing recovery efforts for the species in the eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population area and increasing engagement and transparency in all of our actions. As part of this revitalized effort, we are providing these informational meetings to update our audiences on recovery and management actions (past, present, and future) for the red wolf.

Successful recovery for the red wolf will require collaborative efforts with our partners, landowners and other stakeholders that include identifying ways to facilitate coexistence between people and wolves. The Service is committed to working with others in that endeavor and these meetings are part of that process.  

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Endangered and/or Threatened species