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  • A close-up photograph of a red wolf face
    Information icon Red wolf. Photo by B. Bartel, USFWS.

    The red wolf species status assessment, five-year review and future plans

    April 24, 2018 | 4 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? There is considerable scientific uncertainty about whether the red wolf is a distinct species or a hybrid.  Learn more...

  • A small red wolf puppy held by a biologist.
    Information icon Captive red wolf puppy. Photo by Ryan Nordsven, USFWS.

    Frequently asked questions about red wolf recovery under the Endangered Species Act May 2017

    May 19, 2017 | 6 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.  Learn more...


  • 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...

  • A reddish grey wolf with yellow eyes.
    Information icon Captive red wolf at Species Survival Plan facility, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Photo by B. Bartel, USFWS.

    Status review shows the red wolf remains endangered

    April 24, 2018 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a five-year status review and Species Status Assessment outlining the latest science and data supporting its recommendation for no change in the red wolf’s overall status as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The status review is required every five years and is based on the latest science and data included in a Species Status Assessment (SSA) that serves as the foundation for the recommendation.  Read the full story...

  • Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of January 2017 red wolf death

    July 6, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the poisoning death of a red wolf. A federally-protected red wolf was found dead January 27, 2017, in Tyrell County, North Carolina. The Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information that leads to the successful prosecution in this case. Anyone with information on the death of this or any other red wolf is urged to contact Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at 404-763-7959 x222; Special Agent Jason Keith at 919-856-4520 x34; North Carolina Zone Wildlife Officer Frank Simms at 252-796-3004 x223; or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-269-6734.  Read the full story...

  • A citizen approaches a USFWS booth detailing the recovery of red wolves.
    Information icon A public meeting kicked off the scoping process for an environmental review of the only red wolf population that exists in the wild. Photo by USFWS.

    The Service explores management options for future red wolf recovery

    June 9, 2017 | 1 minute read

    This week, the Service kicked-off an environmental review of the only wild population of the red wolf in the world. Two scoping meetings were held within the Non-essential Experimental Population area to give community members a chance to ask questions and learn more about red wolf recovery. About 90 people attended one or both meetings held on June 6, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Mattamuskeet High School in Swan Quarter, NC; and June 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.  Read the full story...

  • 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.

    Future management of red wolf recovery effort subject of public meetings to be held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    May 22, 2017 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings with residents in Eastern North Carolina to discuss the future management of the non-essential, experimental population of red wolves in five counties there. Everyone within the red wolf recovery area is encouraged to participate, ask questions and bring ideas to the process. The meetings are a step in the process for citizens to provide their perspective and comments on an environmental assessment focusing on potential changes to the management of red wolves in the state under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Read the full story...

  • A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals.
    Information icon Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

    May 19, 2017 | 8 minute read

    On Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves.  Read the full story...

  • A grey colored wolf with bright yellow eyes walking low to the ground.
    Information icon Red wolf at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Photo by Seth Bynum, PDZA.

    Five-year status review for red wolf officially launches

    October 31, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Work on a five-year status review for the red wolf is underway and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information from citizens, the conservation and academic communities, and anyone interested in the red wolf’s status and recovery. “This is the first of five actions we announced last month as we move forward with this recovery work,” said Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “We are clearly committed to this recovery effort and appreciate the support, and feedback of our partners, who are similarly committed to success.  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.

    Science leads Fish and Wildlife Service to significant changes for red wolf recovery

    September 12, 2016 | 4 minute read

    Recovery of the red wolf in the wild is feasible with significant changes that must be implemented to secure the captive and wild populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today it will begin implementing a series of actions based on the best and latest scientific information gathered over the past 21 months. Today’s announcement comes after a two-year, two-step evaluation of the entire red wolf recovery program, including the evaluation of the captive population and the non-essential, experimental population in Eastern North Carolina, that began in 2014 with a peer-reviewed program assessment by the Wildlife Management Institute.  Read the full story...

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