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  • A brown sign bent in half by high winds that reads St Vincent NWR
    Information icon The sand-clogged dock with St. Vincent NWR in the background. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Survivors of the storm

    October 22, 2018 | 6 minute read

    Bradley Smith seeks evidence that the red wolves survived Hurricane Michael off St. Vincent NWR. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. Apalachicola, Florida — Bradley Smith stood tall on the bow of the SeaArk 21-footer with a VHF antenna held high. It was quiet, too quiet. It had been six days since Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle and Smith was listening for signs of life on St.  Learn more...

  • A drum-shapped buoy washed ashore with plam trees and a lighthouse in the distance
    Information icon A buoy washed ashore by Hurricane Michael at St. Marks NWR.

    Service makes headway in Hurricane Michael repairs

    October 17, 2018 | 5 minute read

    St. Marks, Florida — The images of Hurricane Michael’s rampage across the Panhandle have been seared, by now, into the nation’s collective consciousness: the roofless homes; the mountains of debris; the long lines of anguished people; and the miles of chopped-in-half trees. The worst of the damage came courtesy of winds nearing 155 mph. Michael’s counter-clockwise punch, though, pushed water from the Gulf of Mexico deep inland, swamping small towns, barrier islands and wildlife refuges, particularly along Michael’s eastern edge.  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 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 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.

    Red wolf recovery program review

    September 19, 2018 | 17 minute read

    Why did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) conduct a review for the Red Wolf Recovery Program? The Service recognized a need to gather additional science and research to better guide recovery of the endangered red wolf under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To that end, the Service initiated a two-year, two-step review of the red wolf recovery program including the non-essential, experimental population in northeastern North Carolina. The review began in 2014 with a peer-reviewed program assessment by the Wildlife Management Institute.  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...


  • Service updating red wolf recovery plan

    July 28, 2020 | 2 minute read

    The Service is updating the current Red Wolf Recovery Plan that was finalized in 1990. Updating this recovery plan is a priority for the Service. Following a review of the red wolf program in 2014 and 2015, the Service announced significant changes for red wolf recovery in its 2016 Memo of Recommended Decisions.  Read the full story...

  • National Academy of Sciences confirms red wolf is a valid species

    March 28, 2019 | 2 minute read

    The red wolf (C. rufus) has generally been accepted as the valid designation for wolves in the southeastern United States. However, for more than 30 years, various studies have reached conflicting conclusions as to the origin, and therefore, the correct taxonomic status of the red wolf. See Red Wolf Origin and Taxonomy section of the 5-Year Review for more information. In 2018, Congress directed the Service, via the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, to initiate a study, through a qualified independent entity, to determine whether or not animals currently classified as red wolves are a taxonomically valid species.  Read the full story...

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

    Service extends red wolf review in North Carolina

    November 29, 2018 | 1 minute read

    In light of a federal court ruling issued earlier this month in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending its review of a proposed rule to adapt its management of red wolves in the state. The additional review time will provide the Service the opportunity to fully evaluate the implications of the court decision.  Read the full story...

  • A circular cloud formation as seen from space.
    A high-definition video camera outside the space station captured stark and sobering views of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm. The video was taken on Tuesday as Florence churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles per hour. Photo by ESA/NASA–A. Gerst.

    “Dramatic shift” in hurricane’s path

    September 12, 2018 | 3 minute read

    Hurricane Florence now appears poised to make a “big, grand tour” of several Southeastern states and elsewhere in the United States before petering out next week. That’s the assessment from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist Kevin Scasny, who’s been tracking the storm since it whirled into life last week. “Stand by for a change in the next two days,” Scasny said in a Wednesday morning call to the Service’s Southeast regional headquarters in Atlanta, where officials are preparing for the hurricane’s landfall on Friday.  Read the full story...

  • 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...

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