Save Red Wolves from Extinction


Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe

Goal: Do not remove the red wolf recovery program.

Red wolves are a unique species of wolf, as they are one of the rarest and smallest of the wolf population in the United States. Known for their tawny red coats, these wolves’ numbers were decimated thanks to humans. With only a hundred of these creatures in North Carolina, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service thinks this predator’s recovery program should come to an end. Tell the organization’s director Daniel M. Ashe that the red wolf should remain in the recovery program for several more years.

In 1967, the red wolf was deemed an endangered species by the United States. Humans had destroyed a significant portion of this predator’s habitat, and a hunting program had all but decimated their numbers. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, there are about 75 to 100 red wolves left in the wild. A recovery program in North Carolina gives the species the space to roam and procreate, but if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides to take away this program, the red wolves are doomed.

The recovery program has been deemed a success, but with only 100 or so of these wolves in the wild, these numbers are not high enough to repopulate. The recovery program still needs to continue for several more years and the Fish and Wildlife Service needs to understand this. Sign this petition and tell Director Daniel M. Ashe that the red wolf recovery program needs to be maintained for the survival of these creatures.


Dear Director Daniel M. Ashe,

The United States keeps 200 captive red wolves to ensure that this species doesn’t go extinct, but there are only 100 of these wolves in the wild. The wild wolves live in North Carolina under federally protected land. Saving these wolves proved to be difficult. Biologists didn’t want the red wolves to be a mixture of wolf and coyote, they wanted a pure breed. So they waited until enough captive red wolves had been born before starting the recovery process. The program has experienced success, with 75 to 100 red wolves in the wild.

If you end this program, the red wolves will not have a chance. A hundred red wolves will not make the species survive. There has to be more of them. Therefore, I’m urging you to keep this recovery program for several more years. Humans almost brought the red wolf to extinction; it is up to us to ensure that they do not disappear for good.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”~ C. David Coates

  2. Kathleen Williams says:

    In Florida, despite 75% of the people voting against it, our state level Fish and Wildlife Commissioners went ahead with approving a black bear hunt this fall. The bears just got off the threatened list, and the commissioners don’t even know how many of them are left! Next, they want to delist our panthers.
    What will the hunters hunt when every species is gone forever? Roaches? It is the arrogance of mankind to believe that he can manage wildlife. Besides, nature was doing just fine before we got here.
    It reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 lyrics:

    “They took all the trees
    Put ’em in a tree museum
    And they charged the people
    A dollar and a half just to see ’em

    Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    Till it’s gone
    They paved paradise
    And they put up a parking lot”

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