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New hope for the critically endangered species of red wolf as six new cubs are born at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.

For the first time in four years, a litter of six red wolf cubs have been born in the wild, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program has confirmed, sparking new hope for the endangered species’ future recovery. extinction review.

“This new litter is the first litter of red wolves born in the wild since 2018. This pair of red wolves was formed through the combination of several management actions and the two red wolves then followed their natural instincts to mate. , establish their territory and mate”, the recovery program for the red wolf shared on facebook. “Each generation gives a newborn of hope to the red wolf…a cause for joy and celebration!”




The new arrivals (4 females, 2 males) were born to a pair of wild red wolves at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina, amid renewed conservation efforts by the US federal agency since the beginning of this year.

Since 2015, The US Fish and Wildlife Service has largely abandoned its recovery efforts. But the agency announced in February that it would commit significant resources to revitalize its program and ensure a full recovery of the species in the wild. One of the measures they took was the release of seven captive-bred red wolves in the wild population, consisting of a pack of two adults and three cubs.

Once widely distributed in the east-central and southern regions of the United States, the red wolf is now one of the most endangered species in the United States, with fewer than 20 individuals remaining in the wild in five sparsely populated eastern North Carolina counties. Although the animal is protected under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1967, its population has declined significantly in recent decades due to human activities such as hunting and habitat destruction.

In 2021 alone, seven red wolves have been confirmed killed by collisions with vehicles, gunfire and other unknown causes, with the first two remaining the biggest threats to the species.

The declining population has also not added any new pups in recent years. The last birth of Red Cubs was in 2018, when four puppies were bornhighlighting the bleak future for the survival of the species.

But under the new program, the Service has renewed its matchmaking efforts to stimulate breeding processes and encourage adult wolves to mate, establish their territory and mate.

Many environmentalists have praised the agency’s efforts and hope for continued success. “There is a clear causal relationship between the Service’s recovery efforts and the survival and reproduction of red wolves in the wild,” said Perrin de Jong, from the nonprofit Environmental Center for Biological Diversity. “It is extremely encouraging to see the agency try again to protect and recover wild red wolves. My heart is filled with hope at the sight of a new generation of red wolves taking their rightful place in the world. countryside.

Images presented by: Red Wolf Recovery Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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