The Cry Of The Wolf

 

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Red Wolf at the Alexandria Zoological Park

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.

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Baby Red Wolves

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.

Polly Wants More Than A Cracker

I had initially started this post with completely different intention. Yet as I did research on the topic of birds and their ability for speech and song, I came across a daunting reality. It became so amazingly clear to me that we, as a world and as a society, have a serious dilemma in front of us that is going seemingly ignored. Of all the birds that are vocal, Parrots are the ones which exhibit the greatest ability. It is for this reason that many of the wild Parrot species are being threatened, as they are taken captive to be sold as house pets.

I grew up in the 90’s and during that time, there was a public campaign to “Save the Rainforest.” Activists and wildlife experts then were trying to raise awareness for the need to stop the destruction of harvesting the rainforest for private companies. Thousands of trees and habitat were being cut down and ravaged through, without a single tree or bush being replanted in its place. All of the jungle wildlife were being threatened and guess what- It’s STILL happening! I’m in my 30’s now and lo and behold, very little is being done; and what is being done, simply isn’t enough. The population of jungle birds are dwindling as a result of this, and yet, this isn’t the only factor contributing to this decline. What birds that ARE left in the wild, are being taken into captivity for the pet trade.

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 “Hey we’re Macaws! Check out our Facebook status; Endangered! You can also follow us on Twitter!”                             Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com

Common household exotic birds include: the African Grey, Amazon Parrots (various breed types,) Caiques, Cockatiels, Cockatoos, Conures, and Macaws. All of the birds I just named above are listed as an endangered species- aside from the Cockatiels and a few Macaw breeds. Don’t believe me? Click here!

Is it possible that these birds are being sought after in the private sector as a means of ensuring conservation? Maybe. And if so; that’s great! But why is that the first measure of conservation and not the last? Preservation of their natural habitat should be the focus; not harboring as many as you can until their apocalypses. The average cost of an African Grey is between $1,000 to $1,500. What I am suggesting is that, if you truly do care about these exotic birds, take that $1500 and donate it to the IUCN, or the Rainforest Foundation.  There is still time to save what is left.