8 red wolves released into wild provide hope for critically endangered species
A look at America’s most endangered wolf, and how this news is “a step in the right direction” for the species.
The world’s only wild population of red wolves just got eight more members. Four adult red wolves and four captive-born pups were released into a wildlife refuge in eastern North Carolina, raising hopes that this unique species can be pulled back from the brink of extinction—for the second time.
Red wolves are a critically endangered species, found nowhere else in the world but North Carolina, and their range includes two wildlife refuges and a patchwork of federal, state, and private lands. The total wild population is now estimated at around 20 to 25 animals, counting the eight animals just released.
The release of these eight red wolves was mandated by a court order. The Southern Environmental Law Center