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$2500 Reward for Information on Endangered Red Wolf Slaying

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Congratulations to the jackass that killed a nearly-extinct North Carolina Red Wolf earlier this month – you just personally pushed the species that much closer to the brink.

The wolf, one of the rarest and most endangered canine species in the world, was found dead on September 4th in Tyrrell County. Feds say it was wearing a radio collar to help track it.

The species one roamed throughout the Southeastern United States, but officially went extinct in the wild in 1980. In 1987, the wolves were reintroduced in Northeastern North Carolina as part of a captive breeding program that today has a population of (now) just under 100.

Fed are offering a $2,500 reward for information that might help them land a suspect. Once in custody, that person faces one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

In 2007, the US Fish an Wildlife Service estimated that there were 300 red wolves remaining in the world, with 207 of those in captivity.

via WITN

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    Hope the catch the person or persons that killed the wolf.

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    If it were not for zoos, there would be hundreds, even thousands of species that would only have a rare photograph left, or a painting, or a vague description of it in a book or magazine. Instead, we have concerned people who really are conservationists by housing these endangered animals and teaching conservation to people to come to see them and learn about them. Then those people, attracted to one animal or another for any particular reason, will reach out to those who conserve that specie and help financially to make sure these animals are fed and housed and given vet care and enrichment and continue to propogate so that they will not become extinct, and so that many members may be placed back into the wild to once again roam freely to enjoy life for us to enjoy them in the wild. Look at the Wild Mongolian Horse, as an example. They became extinct in the wild because they were killed for food and skins. When it was realized there were none left in the world in the wild a hunt was made for ANY left anywhere and 9 breeding animals were found in a zoo in Russia. Now there are 1200 in the world and 300 of those have been released back into the wild where they came from originally and true conservation efforts are in place to make sure they are never extinct in the wild again. Yay, zoos!

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