Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born in Chattanooga
It is that time of the year again when red wolf puppies
are born in the wild and in captivity. Only wildlife biologists get to
see wild-born pups, and that is only after days and weeks in the field,
traveling through thick vegetation in all kinds of weather to find the
elusive litters. Red wolf parents safely tuck away their offspring, keeping
them safe from intruders. But, visitors to the Chattanooga Nature Center
were able to view pups younger than 24 hours old last week.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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