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Feds investigate killings of endangered N.C. red wolves

[large thumbnail url=”feds-investigate-killings-of-endangered-n-c-red-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-investigate-killings-of-endangered-n-c-red-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”15″] For the second time in six months, federal authorities are investigating the suspected shooting death of a red wolf, a species that once teetered on the brink of extinction and now wages its fight for survival exclusively in eastern North Carolina’s wilderness.

The most recent killing of a red wolf – a creature rarer than the panda – occurred last week in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare County. Two red wolves were found dead in nearby Hyde County six months ago.

The wolves are being killed at a rate that alarms federal officials and wildlife conservationists.

Since 1987, 66 have died as the result of gunshots, with more than half the deaths occurring in the past six years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That number does not include suspected gunshot deaths, including the three most recent ones…

Read the entire article on hamptonroads.com: Feds investigate killings of endangered N.C. red wolves

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