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Wildlife Commission needs to protect red wolves

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Monday, July 2, 2018

I recently wrote this letter to Gordon Myers, director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, after reading a recent letter to the editor published in The Daily Advance.

Dear Mr. Myers, I was on the board, and support a wolf sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas, and volunteered with wolves for years before moving to North Carolina. The red wolves of North Carolina are well-known throughout the United States, and I am disturbed that your agency is apparently unwilling to support the protection of this rare species. I would have thought part of your mandate as a Wildlife Resources Commission would be to not only protect these wolves, but to ensure their numbers will increase. It would be a shameful legacy if the wolves disappear as a result of government mismanagement.

I hope that you will reconsider your current position and ask the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to reinstate its previous support for the North Carolina red wolves. I will also be contacting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service regarding this critical matter.

Gillian M. Hatch Carlsen

Elizabeth City

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