Success: Endangered Wolves Allowed to Remain Wild


Target: Judge Terrence W. Boyle, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Goal:  Applaud judge who prevented endangered wolves from being legally shot on private property and protected them from being forcibly removed from their territory.

A judge barred a move by the U .S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves from the wild and to issue permits to farmers and landowners to kill wolves that wander onto their property. This move would have confined what remains of the wild red wolf population into zoos. This was made possible by wildlife organizations and by petitions like this one signed by ForceChange activists.

Conservation efforts for red wolf are not going well. The number of wild wolves is currently estimated to be down to 45; in 2006 there were around 130. The U .S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed a new plan to substantially reduce the territory of the red wolf. Reducing the area in which the wolves are allowed to roam would only worsen the situation. According to The Associated Press, Ron Sutherland, a scientist who studied the wolves called the proposed new territory, “a glorified holding pen for a handful of red wolves.” Sutherland estimated that the space would hold up to 15 wolves.

This plan was justified by the fact that the government had planned to increase the number in their captive population to around 200. There is fear that captive population may not be secure. If the captive population fails then the wild population is essential for continuing the species, making this news vital to the survival of the red wolf.

In 1980 the red wolf was considered extinct in the wild, but through the work of conservationists they made a partial comeback. This plan would have critically hurt the progress that the species has made. These animals deserve to live freely in the wild without being threatened by the human world. Thanks to the ruling of Judge Terrence W. Boyle these wolves now have the chance to continue to live without being hunted in the wild.


Dear Justice Boyle,

I want to thank you for ruling in favor of protecting the small red wolf population in North Carolina. It is wrong to force these endangered wolves into such a small territory, and to punish them with captivity for leaving the limits of this area. The wild red wolf population has dramatically dropped to around 45. This plan threatened to lower that number further.

This plan has been justified by the fact that the government plans to increase the number of their captive population to around 200. Captive populations are a risky way to maintain a species. If the program fails, and there are no wild wolves left, then the species might altogether disappear.

Thanks to your actions, the wild red wolf can be preserved for future generations and this endangered animal can continue to roam free and unharmed. I want to commend you for standing up against the U .S. Fish and Wildlife Service and protecting this vulnerable animal from being killed or caged.


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  1. Thank You Terrence W. Boyle for not letting profiteering ranchers and US wildlife eradicators win says:

    Thank You Terrence W. Boyle for not letting profiteering ranchers and US wildlife eradicators win for once.

    The Us Fish & Wildlife Services, is NOT a wildlife management, or conservation entity, but the #1 reason native US wildlife is going extinct.

    They must be stopped. They want all wildlife that has no dollar value to go extinct, so they won’t have to deal with them. If the humans wren’t taking more than their fair share, there’d be enough for the teeming wildlife that Louis and clark saw, that now is virtually extinct thanks to this “service”.

    The US Fisheries and Wildlife Services, killes hundreds of bears, thousands of coyotes, tries to gun down wolves deep in the woods and rough terrain, by chopper, for no goo reason. There isn’t even livestock, in the mountian woods., they kill, groundhogs, badgers, foxes, otters, martins, Canadian Geese, virtually every wild creature that is not a “trophy” animal, such as deer, Elk, or big horned sheep.

    America USED to be teeming with wildlife, now, almost every wild critter is considered a pest. Humans have taken their habitats and food sources, and upset the natural predator, prey relationship by thinking humans should have everything they want, and as much as they want. The humans take tons of fish, then blame otters for trying to eat at all.

    • Well said.

    • OMG you said everything I feel about this organization, only in my case if I could I would eradicate each and every EVIL (IN)human being that performed these heinous acts against our precious wildlife. Yearly, yes you heard correctly, yearly they MURDER millions of wildlife!!! I despise this organization like I despise no other and wish there was someway we could exterminate IT off the face of the planet, like the pestilence it is!!

    • Nancy Raymond says:

      Excellent response – you nailed it. The Fish and Wildlife is NO service to animals – way too busy kowtowing to ranchers. The whole agency needs a complete overhaul.

  2. Judge Terrence W. Boyle, thank you. THANK you!!!

  3. awesome news for this great wolf.

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    “What is man without the beasts?
    If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit.
    For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man.
    All things are connected.”
    Chief Seattle, Native American.
    “We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
    When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect”
    Thank you Justice Boyle, for doing the correct thing for our planet.

  5. Please help save these wolfs.

  6. Thank you!!!
    You will be remembered for your intelligence!

  7. michael guest says:

    This was great news to hear! But these Red Wolves are still in danger of extinction, which means gone forever. We can’t let that happen. And we can’t give up on them. Please keep these wolves protected. They deserve better. Thank you for standing up for these Red Wolves.

  8. Fish and wildlife have never protected wildlife. Instead they are in bed with the big ranchers and hunters. Disband them. The big smile on the face of the man netting the wolf says it all. Boycott meat especially beef. Call your representatives and tell them you want are public lands for wildlife not ranchers. It’s time to fight back

  9. All the people who having been fighting for these Red Wolves thank you. You have made a lot of people happy and you have given us hope.

  10. My great grandmother raised her children in a log cabin in Minnesota, and her husband traveled frequently for business. When he was away, she had to go outside to get firewood, and she carried a pitchfork to defend herself against the snarling wolves who threatened her when she went outside. People who live in cities and have no experience with large predators have no business making rules and laws preventing people from defending themselves on their own property.

  11. Huge thanks from NJ!

  12. Cattle ranchers would take the whole of the US for themselves if they could. You have enough wilderness for ALL the creatures that live there.

  13. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

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