As many of you know, the Red Wolf Recovery Program National Wildlife Refuges, and many, many other government agencies were closed for several weeks during October as part of the lapse in funding and subsequent government shutdown. We are very grateful to our partners and all the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (RWSSP) sites for continuing to provide lots of good information and updates to our supporters. We know we missed a lot of opportunities to promote red wolf conservation and events, including Wolf Awareness Week 2013 (October 13-19). We are still catching up from missed time, but we just wanted to thank everyone for their continued support!
Fall is a busy time for the field and RWSSP staff. Many of the captive wolves are receiving their annual physical examinations, and transfers are occurring throughout the sites in order to create new potential red wolf mating pairs for upcoming mating season. These matches were discussed and finalized at the 2013 Annual Red Wolf SSP meeting this past July.
Starting this week, the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is hosting numerous events from October 22-27, 2013 in northeastern North Carolina including Red Wolf 101, a program offered by the Red Wolf Coalition at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Education and Healthcare Facility in Columbia, North Carolina, as well as a Red Wolf Howling Safari, occurring on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Both of these events are Wednesday, Oct. 23. If you’re interested in participating, you can register and view the schedule online.
We’re have more news soon including the RWSSP of the month, field updates, and news from the Red Wolf Research Implementation Team. Stay tuned!