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Nine red wolves to be released into the wild in northeastern North Carolina


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced renewed efforts to restore and recover the most endangered wolf in the world.  During a virtual meeting Tuesday with partners, stakeholders and eastern North Carolina community members, the Service laid out plans for an upcoming court-ordered release of nine red wolves into the wild.  According to a news release, the Service is currently preparing to release the wolves, which include a family group and two breeding pairs, into an area that encompasses Alligator River and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges.  Red wolves once roamed an area from New York to Texas, but habitat loss and overhunting drove their populations to near extinction.  In 1973, they were officially listed as an endangered species.  Today, fewer than 20 red wolves are estimated to exist in the wild in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.