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An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.
Information icon Adult Red wolf. Photo by Brad McPhee, Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the red wolf five-year review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the completion and availability of the five-year status review of the red wolf.

After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available information and data, the Service recommended that the current listing classification for the red wolf remain unchanged. This means the world’s only wild red wolf population, restored in North Carolina, continues to have non-essential, experimental status. Red wolves located at island propagation sites and in captive breeding facilities continue to have full endangered status.

“Experimental status has meant success in red wolf restoration and in flexibility for landowners,” said Bud Fazio, team leader of the Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. “We thank all our partners for helping to make red wolf restoration successful. We particularly thank the landowners who work regularly with us to conserve red wolves in a balance that also conserves their own rural heritage and lifestyle.”

Service biologists acknowledge that the wild red wolf population restored to North Carolina faces some challenges. Solutions are being sought to reduce levels of mortality caused by vehicle strikes and by gunshots. The good stewardship of hunters, landowners, and local communities can make a big difference in developing such solutions.

“The Service’s five-year review also contains other recommendations for future actions aimed at continuing progress toward long-term recovery of red wolves.

Learn more about five year reviews in the Southeast region.

The review document is posted online. A copy of the document may also be requested by sending an email to, by fax at 252-473-4836, by telephone at 252-473-1131, ext.246, or by mail at Request for Copy of Five-Year-Review, Red Wolf Recovery Program, c/o Alligator River NWR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Manteo, North Carolina 27954. Please include your name and street mailing address in your request.

Learn more about the red wolf and what the Service is doing to recover them.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who can make it happen, visit Connect with the Service on Facebook, follow our tweets, watch the YouTube Channel and download photos from Flickr.

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