Red Wolf en NC Red Wolves Face Survival Threats <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 100 Red Wolves roam a five-county area of northeastern North Carolina, as part of a federal program started in 1987 aimed at restoring the rare species. &nbsp;Red Wolves were once common throughout &nbsp;the Southeastern U.S., but clashes with the human population and bounties on the animals drove their numbers down sharply by the early </span>1900s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp; &nbsp;Red Wolves were declared extinct in the wild in 1980. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Today, North Carolina's Red Wolves have federal protection, but at least nine have been shot this year. &nbsp;One problem is, hunters confuse them with coyotes, prompting calls for North Carolina to suspend coyote hunting where the wolves live.<br />WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with David Rabon, coordinator of the Red Wolf Recovery Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:34:43 +0000 Mark Rumsey 40775 at NC Red Wolves Face Survival Threats