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Red wolf program at crossroads in SC, nationally

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Major concerns highlighted in the Wildlife Management Institute study include the difficulty of maintaining wild populations of red wolves in a region now overrun by coyotes, which breed with wolves. The first site, established in 1987, was at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. Federal officials said it was no longer needed to supply the North Carolina refuge. Today, Alligator River has about 100 red wolves.

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Wolf debate spreads to Washington

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Numbers then fell below 10,000 in 2003, after the elk harvest numbers had been increased. When we take a wolf and add it in, what will happen?” Garton, though, said wolves are a good sign of sustainability and a healthy natural system. If there isn’t enough grass lands for elk to feed on, there wouldn’t be enough prey for the wolves and other predators to survive.

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Plan opens millions more acres to gray wolf

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“Wolves will get significantly more room to roam,” he said. “The Gila has literally millions of acres in it that don’t have a single territorial wolf. A lot of that is country with deer, elk — roadless country. That is the most positive element.”

At the same time, the proposed rule grants ranchers and property owners broader authorization under some circumstances to “take” a Mexican wolf — meaning injure or kill. That includes if the wolf is in the act of biting, killing or wounding a domestic animal such as livestock or non-feral dogs. Permits may be issued to take wolves present on non-federal land.

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FWS outlines proposed changes to wolf rule

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…wolf behavior.” “Over the last 16 years, we have learned much about managing a wild population of Mexican wolves, and it is clear that the current rule does not provide the clarity or the flexibility needed to effectively manage the experimental population in a working landscape,” said Sherry Barrett, FWS Mexican wolf recovery coordinator, in a statement. Eva Sargent of Defenders of Wildlife criticized the environmental impact statement, saying “it helps the current population…

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