The picture above shows a Red Wolf. They are similar to the Grey Wolf and Timber Wolf however there is one large difference. They will most likely be extinct in 8 years according to the journal Scientific American.
Many biologists and scientists back Scientific American and that means that the photo above may soon become something found in a museum along with a stuffed carcass and cute little informative placard to remind humankind that at one point in time; we seriously messed up.
I would hate to be the parent of the little girl reading that placard when it says: Went extinct….last year…..
Why does it matter, right? The critically endangered Red Wolf is not going to stop anyone from living their daily lives; that is true. However, it will matter when suddenly wild hares come hopping in the road while you’re driving Main Street because their population has skyrocketed since the death of their predators and have literally no other place to go but your roads, your backyard, and your cupboards. Or when you head to your car in the morning on your trek to work and there are 10 deer in your driveway, (because there is no predator to reduce that population.) They wont move out of the way, so you have to spend an extra 20 minutes moving deer, they do this everyday and they don’t even hold your coffee mug for you when you’re looking for your keys! Suddenly you’re Jack Hannah, living in the suburbs and managing wildlife on the way to your office.
Even hunters are becoming seriously concerned with this issue. I have to congratulate Gohunt.com for producing a very well written, highly informative post on exactly this issue. Not only are these dedicated hunters willing to acknowledge the severity of this issue but they go further to request their readers to take action!
The -rare to begin with- Red Wolf, calls Eastern North Carolina home. This is a problem since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed people to shoot Coyote (which, they clearly look similar to- especially if you shoot with your eyes closed.) Which has resulted in a world-wide Red Wolf population total of: 40!
The story of the Red Wolf, believe it or not, includes a similar chapter already. If it weren’t for conservation attempts in 1973, the story would’ve ended there. However, the good-fight was won and the wolf population was able to be raised to- at least surviving (around 120 to be exact.) But that has since changed when the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and gun-happy landowners decided it was super important and detrimental to their everyday living, that they be allowed to shoot Coyote on their land. Since the Red Wolf and Coyote both have red-tinted fur, they’re being intentionally, accidentally shot.
I understand, as a rural landowner, that it is bothersome to have “pesky” wildlife roaming your grounds. I’ve seen fox, wild hare, COYOTE, deer, and more in my backyard. However I do not get so compelled to grab a gun and shoot it! I understand that someone can get a little upset when one of their chickens goes missing- I get it, but what you do if that happens is: BUY ANOTHER CHICKEN! Because the chicken population far outweighs the number of Red Wolves. I also am a horse lover, and I completely understand that it is a nightmare to have a scared, frightened horse. Which Coyotes and wolves and other wildlife can cause, however- being scared is not at all the same as being DEAD.
I have also lived in North Carolina! (I’m batting 2 for 0!) And I know that it is only a rare few that is making it so difficult for all of the thousands of others that DO care for their wildlife. North Carolinian’s love their state, its beauty, and the freedoms they are allowed. But it is important to understand that these wolves are found ONLY in North Carolina! Therefore it is even MORE important to be proud of your state for that reason and take a stand for these wolves.
So what do humans with a caring soul do about this?? Well, chances are the ones reading this post ARE NOT the ones getting gun-happy on wildlife. So as with all awareness initiatives; remain aware. Have the awareness that this is going on. Talk about it. Share it.
This site, created June 2018, is packed full of conservation outlets, including a link to sign a petition against the poaching of Red Wolves.