The red wolf population is very near to extinction. There are only an estimated 20 to 50 red wolves in existence today. These wolves only live on the coast of North Carolina. Although these wolves are on the verge of extinction they are being reintroduced to the wild with many pros and cons relating to this. There are also things you can do to help to prevent the total extinction of red wolves.Many people do not want the reintroduction programs to happen.
Farmers in the area do not want there to be more wolves because that may harm their livestock and crops. Some local citizens do not want them back because that will raise the real estate taxes in the area. Scientists and specialists in the area do not want them to exist because they think the wolves may damage the environment.
Lastly, citizens of the area who have lived on the coast the majority of their lives have gone through this many years ago but the reintroduction was not as successful as the red wolf activists predicted. All of this is not helping the critically low number of red wolves that are living today. The numbers will continue to dwindle without the reintroduction programs. That is because without these programs the wolves will not be able to reprogram themselves and their genetics to be able to live in the wild on their own. Red wolves are endangered because their genetic code can not handle living in the wild. Many years ago, red wolves’ genetic code was humanly altered to try to better the wolves’ chances at survival. This did not work, rather was very harmful.
Now the only way to ensure their survival is to slowly reintroduce them back into the wild to keep them from genetic extinction. Due to the shy nature of these wolves, it will be hard to monitor and learn more about them when they are out in the wild. However, there are varying ideas about the programs to reintroduce the red wolves.One of the biggest and most important positive effects from the reintroduction is that the red wolves will mix with the already existing population of gray wolves which will help restore the balance in the ecosystem. The wolves will be able to catch the prey they were originally meant to catch which will restore a better balance of the other species living on the North Carolina coast.
The wolves will also draw in more tourism to the area which will greatly help the economy. These red wolves can be trained not to prey on the pets and livestock that belong to the farmers. They can also help restore the forests and vegetation of the area. In addition, an increase in the bird populations will occur as they start to migrate back to the coast to live there again. Lastly, according to various scientists, wolves do not account for much of the livestock and crop damage in this particular area.
However with all of these benefits, there are some other issues to be addressed.The biggest problem with the reintroduction is that due to the large expense of this program the citizens of the area and of North Carolina will have higher real estate taxes to pay. Another one of the issues is that some people fear that the red wolves will destroy the land they live on and move towards more populated land and destroy people’s homes, livestock and crops. Many also fear that the livelihood of the forests will be disrupted and will not be able to reach a new and peaceful harmony.
Others think that since there are already other populations of wolves living on the coast of North Carolina there does not need to be any additional wolves living there. They think that since one species of wolves are currently living there, no more need to be reintroduced. The more wolves living in the forest, the harder it is for hunters to keep from harming these protected species. Finally, some farmers still contend that the wolves will just be too destructive. There are things that people can individually do to help with this situation.
To start off all someone has to do is just stay informed. They can keep up with what is going on with the red wolves. Staying updated with all of the facts and being sure to learn all they can about the situation will help tremendously. People can also donate, volunteer or just help support some of the different groups that wish to reintroduce the red wolves into the wild again and ensure the red wolf population numbers grow and get off of the Endangered Species List. One easy way of helping the wolves is just to simply visit places where red wolves live. All one has to do is tell the workers who specialize with the red wolves that they care about what happens to these animals and do not want them to be endangered any longer.
The wolves could be found in the wild on the coast, in a zoo or in a refuge center. By visiting any one of these places people are showing the government that they care about what happens to these wolves. Others may also chose to contact and inform their city and state officials that deal with endangered species. This will prove to them that people do care about the future of red wolves. Supporting or adopting individual red wolf packs will ensure the safety of those particular wolves. Just raising awareness about the situation will greatly impact what is happening with the red wolves.
Lastly, supporting land conservation programs and initiatives can help protect the land the wolves need to inhabit. In conclusion, the red wolf species is a very endangered species that may be reintroduced into the wild soon. This will help restore the ecosystem and boost the economy through tourism. Although this is an expensive project that will raise real estate taxes for some, according to various scientists, it will not jeopardize the safety of livestock and crops which is one of the main concerns with this idea. Individuals can help with the red wolf population reintroduction by staying informed and raising awareness for them.
Anything that is possible to help the situation with the red wolves is crucial to North Carolina. Reintroducing red wolves into the wild will greatly help North Carolina and keep the species from extinction.