Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe
Goal: Provide relief to understaffed and ineffective red wolf recovery efforts.
After showing signs of steady improvement, the red wolf population is now in danger of being completely and permanently wiped out. Less than 100 red wolves remain in the wild, and a recovery plan that once showed promise has gone ignored and leaves these precious creatures on the brink of extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) cannot allow this to happen, and must immediately provide monetary relief and additional personnel to the Red Wolf Recovery Program.
The Red Wolf, a close cousin of the Grey Wolf, was once a prosperous species, but hunting and deforestation drastically reduced the population. The species has become critically endangered, as the FWS estimates the population to be between 50 and 75 wild wolves, with approximately 200 red wolves in captive breeding facilities throughout the United States.
In 1987, the FWS Red Wolf Recovery was introduced, and the program has slowly but surely helped the population grow. Unfortunately, it seems that the FWS has lost interest in the program. Essential staff positions remain vacant, and the program has not released a single red wolf in years. The FWS’ inaction, if unchecked, could irreparably damage the species’ hopes of survival.
The red wolf is an iconic animal, and it cannot be allowed to quietly die off. Humans have a responsibility to show respect towards fellow living creatures, and the extinction of the red wolf would be an ugly blemish on our environmental record. It is critical that the FWS support the Red Wolf Recovery Program by providing additional funding and addressing staffing concerns.
Dear Director Ashe,
The Red Wolf, a species that once ranged across the south central United States, is now critically endangered because of hunting and deforestation. In 1987, a recovery program was introduced and, in the decades since, it has slowly but surely helped stabilize the population.
However, every indication is that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is abandoning the recovery program, leaving the red wolf on the brink of extinction. Essential staff positions remain vacant and the program has not released a single red wolf in years. The red wolf is an iconic animal and it cannot be allowed to quietly die off. The FWS must support the recovery program by providing additional funding and responding to staffing concerns. I urge you to address this serious matter.
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Photo Credit: Christine Majul