The Washington Post

A dire wolf situation

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Regarding the April 24 news article “Birth of red wolves sets off howls of joy at rescue program”:

As of last year, there were no more than 10 red wolves left in the wild. Because of humans and climate change, the population of red wolves was half the size it was just two years prior. Once abundant throughout the southeaste­rn United States, red wolves are now classified as “critically endangered.” Now found solely in North Carolina, many red wolves have died from being hit by cars, from shootings or because they were mistaken for coyotes.

But as apex predators who feed on deer, raccoons and rabbits, red wolves keep the ecosystem in check. Thus, the hunting and habitat destructio­n of these animals have not only led to their nearextinc­tion but also pose a grave risk to the area’s functionin­g ecosystem as a whole.

Katie Muccia, Washington

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