KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you count every red wolf in the world, you’ll find almost four percent of the entire population in one fenced enclosure at Zoo Knoxville.

“Unfortunately, the outlook is pretty grim at this point. We’ve only got around 25 left in the wild right now. There are around 250 in managed care and we have 10 of them at Zoo Knoxville.  The zoos are keeping this population alive,” said Kelly Cox, assistant director of animal care at Zoo Knoxville.

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From News Channel 12:

RALEIGH – A reward for information into the illegal killing of an endangered red wolf in Tyrrell County has been increased by the Center for Biological Diversity, the organization announced Friday.

Officials said the wolf was poisoned and found dead Jan. 27 in Tyrell County. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also asking for the public’s help and offered a $2,500 reward in the case. Additional rewards have been added ($10,000, Center for Biological Diversity; $3,000, Animal Welfare Institute; $2,500, Defenders of Wildlife; $2,000, Red Wolf Coalition) that brings the total reward up to $20,000.


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From Smoky Mountain News:

The future of the world’s only remaining wild red wolf population will be decided following a public comment period ending July 24.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held two public hearings on the matter in the eastern part of the state, where the red wolves live in a five-county area. 


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