Date: 2015-06-24 05:30 From: “Jamie Rappaport Clark,
Defenders of Wildlife”
Dear pbnb reader,
Yet another heartbreaking blow to the recovery of critically endangered red wolves.
We just learned that last week, a private landowner shot and killed a six-year old female wolf – one of only 10 breeding females left in the wild. It is likely that the wolf had puppies at the time of her death.
The fate of those pups is unknown, but our wolf experts are not optimistic they’ll be able to survive without her.
Perhaps most outrageous of all, the wolf was shot with the express permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Take Action: tell FWS to stop killing critically endangered red wolves!
Defenders will take whatever action is necessary to stop future tragedies like this one, and secure red wolves’ future in the wild.
In bureaucrat speak; these kinds of killings are called “lethal control.” It’s a measure that’s only supposed to happen under extreme circumstances, and only after non-harmful efforts are exhausted. There is no indication that any extreme circumstances existed or that any non-lethal efforts were attempted to remove the wolf from the shooter’s property.
For decades, FWS has stumbled in its legally-mandated efforts to foster the recovery of these beautiful and secretive animals. Red wolves once roamed from Pennsylvania to Florida. Today, fewer than 100 animals survive in the wild in a small part of eastern North Carolina.
News of this unconscionable shooting comes as the state of North Carolina is turning up the pressure to put an end to red wolf recovery efforts altogether. FWS’s actions represent a grave step in the wrong direction.
Please join me today and tell FWS to end all lethal control of red wolves in North Carolina.
Thank you so much for all you do.
Jaime Rappaport Clark
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife
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