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Red Wolf on the ARWR

Red Wolf on the ARWR




Liza and I had gone over to the ARWR about 4:30pm on April 10th, to look for bears. We went to Buffalo City Road, then turned onto Sawyer Lake Road. We had gone as far as the second big field (I think, but maybe the third field) when we saw this beautiful guy. He was a good distance away at first, and we thought he might be a deer, but as we slowly crept along it became clear what he was. He started running, then abruptly stopped, laid down and looked at us for a minute or so. Then he got up and continued to head towards the edge of the field. Before he got there, he stopped again and looked at us, then turned to the East and started to go along the edge of the field. But he again stopped, turned and looked at us, then squatted and peed!! Then he proceeded to kick grass and leaves with his four feet!! I didn't know whether to be impressed, scared or to laugh, since I was such a safe distance from him and behind a steel door. ?? Then he proceeded on East and out of sight. One thing we both felt for certain was truly blessed to be there to witness the event. He is a beautiful creature! A Red Wolf running wild on the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge.

EDIT: Keep scrolling for more photos. I have not figured out to get more than one in a single post. Confused smiley I apologize for my lack of skill. Embaressed smiley




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Wonderful!!

My bet is he was marking his turf, just to let you know what was what. Wink smiley

What a great experience this must have been for you two. Thank you so much for posting this photograph and telling us your story, OBX Skeeter.


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So cool. Tagged and collared I see.


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Wonderful!!

My bet is he was marking his turf, just to let you know what was what. Wink smiley

What a great experience this must have been for you two. Thank you so much for posting this photograph and telling us your story, OBX Skeeter.

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It was awesome! This is actually our third time sighting a red wolf on the refuge! Last December we even saw a black bear/red wolf at the same time, and I have a series of photos!

It was so funny watching this wolf mark his turf and kick that grass back at us. That was just made our day! Laughing smiley


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Does NC have a program for tagging and marking this species for monitoring? I ask because of the collar shown in the pics.


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The USFWS has that collar on him, and it may be possible that they have most if not all of the red wolves wearing tracking collars on the refuge. I will have to ask Cindy or Bonnie that question next week.



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Very cool. Have yet to see one. Looks smaller than our coyotes in PA which are wolf/yote hybrids. Can’t see how they can control coyote interbreeding down there.



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Thanks for sharing the shots. You were indeed fortunate to witness one of those guys. Sharing a link to Coastal Review for folks who don't know the backstory of what's been happening with/to these poor beings. It's quite the saga.


www.coastalreview.org/2018/11/court-ruling-no-guarantee-for-red-wolves/


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Amazing you were able to get a good look at this guy. We were lucky enough a few years ago to see one run across the highway in front of us. It was so cool, we talked about it for the next hour!


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FYI, there was a big Red Wolf conservation program in effect in that area, however I believe it was cancelled because they didnt think it was successful. The area us one of the last remaining habitats of the Red Wolf. One problem was Hunters thinking they were Coyotes and were getting shot. Another problem was containment.


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Here is some more information:

www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/wildlife_and_habitat/red_wolf.html


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The Wolf Conservation Center believes this ARWR population to be the last in the wild. The latest count is 24 individuals. At one point in the 1980s, they were declared extinct. They were believed to be a hybrid wolf/coyote mix but this has now been proven to be false. They are a distinct species and are still part of a captive breeding program. But with this being their last wild refuge, there are questions as to whether any more will be released into the wild. It is an uphill fight. The Wolf Conservation Center website is located at https://nywolf.org/.