Photo Courtesy of-> Endangeredwolfcenter.org
May 19, 2014
Preservation of the red wolf has been a learning experience for everyone involve. New techniques and research have led to some interesting facts. The red wolf is more than just similar to the coyote; the red wolf also shares similar DNA. The research shows through evolution, both the coyote and the red wolf evolved. This close relationship has allowed cross breeding between them. Any Hybrids of the Red wolf and coyote is killed when noticed to maintain a purebred red wolf. Although, this sounds extreme, this action should be looked at as a preservation process for the red wolf. Without this effort, the red wolf would be lost forever. The main reason for the crossbreeding is because of the loss of wolf pack member. If there were no loss then crossbreeding would be minimal to non-existent.
According to The Slate (2014), “It’s not like red wolves directly affect most people’s day-to-day lives; they don’t clean the air or sequester carbon. They very likely don’t harbor a cure for cancer or diabetes or erectile dysfunction. Reintroducing them isn’t going to bring back American chestnut trees or restore the Southeast’s long-gone long-leaf pine forests” (para. 6).
Update September 18, 2016
Here is a partial message I received by my dear friend- Jamie Rappaport Clark (President, Defenders of Wildlife).
We could hardly believe it when we heard it.
This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans that would effectively abandon their obligation to protect and recover red wolves in the wild.
We can’t just sit idle at this news. We have to fight back.
Defenders research PDF on the Red Wolf–> http://www.defenders.org/sites/default/files/publications/the-application-of-ecosystem-service-markets-to-the-conservation-of-red-wolf-habitat-in-north-carolina.pdf
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Florida State University. (2014). Red wolf. Retrieved from http://tracker.cci.fsu.edu/redwolf/about/what/
Southern Environmental Law Center. (2014). Coyote hunting in recovery area threatens red wolf. Retrieved from http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases-and-projects/nc-coyote-rule-risks-endangered-red-wolves
The Slate. (2014). Are red wolves worth the trouble. Retrieved from http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/animal_forecast/2013/02/red_wolf_recovery_program_will_climate_change_destroy_red_wolf_habitat.2.html