"The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina happily
welcomed the birth of a litter of wild red wolf pups, an indication that there
is still hope for the endangered species.
Though US landscapes were once teeming with red wolves, the species suffered,
as so many others have, because of hunting, habitat destruction, and
In fact, in the 1980s the species was even considered “extinct in the wild,” as
reported by NPR.
Thanks to the sustained efforts of captive breeding programs, the species was
saved from the brink of extinction, and by 2012, there were 120 red wolves in
the wild. Unfortunately, human activity led to another drastic decline in the
species population. As of 2021, experts estimated that there were only 15 to 17
remaining in the wild, with no wild births recorded since 2018.
That is, until last week."
Via James House-Lantto.
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