Overwhelmed by a flood of comments, the federal government will extend the deadline for public input on the potential modification or end of the Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in June that it would review the program that returned wolves to the Albemarle peninsula in 1987, establishing a population of about 90 to 110 wolves in a five-county area.
Critics have complained of inter-breeding and livestock losses, while supporters, including environmental groups, have taken to court recently in an effort to protect the animals from coyote hunters.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in June asked the federal agency to “determine the appropriateness of continuing the experimental (wolf) program.”
Since then, comments have clogged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service email systems, resulting in delayed and failed deliveries. In respone, the agency has extended the comment deadline to Friday, Sept. 26. Comments are accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and via postal mail.
Written comments may be sent to 1875 Century Blvd., Suite 200, Atlanta, Ga., 30345, marked “Attention: Red Wolf Evaluation.” The agency will accept anything postmarked by September 26.