Give Red Wolves a Future
Red wolves are special. They are the only large predators to date that have been declared extinct in the wild, bred in captivity, and successfully reintroduced to a portion of their former range. Bringing the red wolf back from the brink of extinction has been a pioneering venture, and thanks to the efforts of the people who worked diligently for years to ensure that red wolves would once again live in the wild, hope and cautious optimism grew over the years since the first reintroduction to the wild in 1987. But now the future of the red wolf is not secure. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scaled back management protocols, and the agency is presently reviewing the value of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. The survival of the red wolf in the wild is in jeopardy. The Red Wolf Coalition needs your help to ensure the future of this critically endangered American wolf.
When the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, Congressman John Dingell wrote the following:
"When Congress passed the ESA, it set a clear public policy that we would not be indifferent to the destruction of nature's bounty. . . . Preventing the extinction of our fellow creatures is neither frivolity nor foolish environmental excess; it is the means by which we keep intact the great storehouse of natural treasures that make the progress of medicine, agriculture, science, and human life itself possible. Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning that library without ever having read its books. . . .The ESA commits us to make our very best efforts to stem these unprecedented and irreversible losses."
John Dingell, Elected to the United States Congress in 1955