Agency extends comment period on whether it should continue to maintain NC red wolf population


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Federal officials are extending the public comment period on whether the government should continue to maintain the world's only wild population of the red wolf, which is in eastern North Carolina.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Friday the comment period will end Sept. 26, two weeks later than originally scheduled. The agency earlier awarded a contract to a Virginia-based nonprofit to evaluate its 27-year experiment to restore the endangered species to the wild.

About 100 red wolves roam the wild in eastern North Carolina, with about 200 in captive breeding programs in several U.S. locations.

Officials say the agency is receiving so many emails that its server is struggling to keep up and some are receiving notices that their messages were undeliverable.

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