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  • A small reddish-brown wolf with a large collar around its neck
    Information icon Red wolf (Canis rufus) with radio collar. Photo by Ryan Nordsven, USFWS.

    Red wolf recovery program evaluation

    September 19, 2018 | 3 minute read

    How is the Service going to use the evaluation findings? The evaluation completed by the Wildlife Management Institute is currently being used to inform a broader internal agency evaluation regarding the future of the non-­essential experimental population in Eastern North Carolina. Program evaluations are a normal practice with any recovery program to ensure optimal effectiveness. It is part of an internal review process now underway. We will be consulting with key agency personnel as well as the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission throughout the process, however, the final decision will be made by the Service’s Southeast Regional Director.  Learn more...

  • A small reddish-brown wolf with a large collar around its neck
    Information icon Red wolf (Canis rufus) with radio collar. Photo by Ryan Nordsven, USFWS.

    Red wolf proposed 10j rule and draft environment assessment announcement

    June 27, 2018 | 7 minute read

    What is a red wolf? The red wolf is a native North American canid, a family that includes wolves, jackals, foxes, coyotes and the domestic dog. Adult red wolves can weigh 53-84 pounds and are about four feet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Is the red wolf a true species? The most recent scientific publications continue to provide conflicting interpretations and support for various recommendations on the correct taxonomic status, the U.  Learn more...

  • An inquisitive red wolf looks into the distance.
    Information icon Red wolf (Canis rufus). Photo by Valerie, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Red wolf non-essential population management decision

    July 1, 2015 | 7 minute read

    What are the Service’s future plans for managing the Eastern North Carolina Non-Essential Experimental Red Wolf Population? We will continue to manage the Red Wolf Non-Essential Experimental Population (NEP) in accordance with our existing rule and regulation at 50 C.F.R. § 17.84©. In keeping with our rule, we will no longer release red wolves from our captive population into the recovery area, which is comprised of Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties.  Learn more...


  • A male red wolf looks on as two pups play
    Information icon Red wolf (Canis rufus) with pups. Photo by Valerie, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Service reopens comment period on new management rule for red wolves in North Carolina

    August 10, 2018 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposed rule to replace the existing regulations governing the nonessential experimental population of the red wolf under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On June 28, 2018, the Service published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would remove management efforts from existing private lands and instead focus continuing efforts on certain public lands in Hyde and Dare counties, North Carolina.  Read the full story...

  • A red wolf in a full run on a grassy field.
    Information icon A sprinting red wolf. Photo by Curtis Carley for USFWS.

    Service proposes new management rule for non-essential, experimental population of red wolves in North Carolina

    June 27, 2018 | 3 minute read

    More than 30 years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners began efforts to reintroduce the endangered red wolf into the wild in North Carolina. While many of the captive-bred wolves adapted well to a wild environment, the program faced unforeseen challenges, including hybridization of wolves with coyotes and conflicts with humans. After initially increasing, the population plateaued and then declined. Today, only approximately 35 wild wolves remain, with a further 200-plus wolves in captive breeding facilities.  Read the full story...

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