Red Wolf Recovery Program
Southeast Region

Red Wolf Recovery

Photo Credit: Wolf Haven International

We are moving forward on a path to red wolf recovery

May 25, 2017

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to gather information necessary to develop a proposed rule to revise the existing nonessential experimental population designation of red wolves (Canis rufus) in North Carolina.
  • Notice of Intent:
  • Comment period open until July 24, 2017
  • Attend one of two public meetings:
    • June 6, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Mattamuskeet High School, 20392 US 264, Swan Quarter, NC 27885
    • June 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954
    • Check out the press release for more detailed information.

Update on Program Evaluation

September 12, 2016: Check out the evaluation page for the latest information on the the Red wolf Recovery Program.

About the Red Wolf

The red wolf (Canis rufus) is one of the world's most endangered canids. Once common throughout the eastern and southcentral United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early part of the 20th Century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species' habitat. The red wolf was designated an endangered species in 1967, and shortly thereafter the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve the species. Today, more than 50 red wolves roam their native habitats in eastern North Carolina, and nearly 200 red wolves are maintained in captive breeding facilities throughout the United States.





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Last Updated: 5/25/17