The question of how to deal with gray wolves has caused huge controversy in Western United States
. And now it seems that similar conflict is brewing in North Carolina, where state and federal officials, hunters, landowners and conservationists are battling it out over the fate of the red wolf.
There was a time when red wolves roamed across much of the southeastern United States, but a combination of habitat loss and hunting left them all but wiped out. For the last 28 years, however, the federal government has been working to reintroduce the wolves, creating what is thought to be the only wild population of red wolves anywhere in the world.
Yet while wildlife advocates celebrate the return of an important predator into the wild, many landowners, hunters and the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission take a much dimmer view. In fact,reports National Geographic,
the state is now asking the Feds to end their reintroduction program, and to remove protected status from the wolves so that they can be removed from private land: