Habitat

Red wolves live in a variety of habitats and ecosystems in northeastern North Carolina. They roam wild in wetlands, mixed forests and on agricultural lands. Wolves will live just about anywhere humans will tolerate their presence. They are opportunistic hunters, and they will prey on domestic livestock, even when wild prey is available. While the losses in terms of the overall number of cattle, sheep and so on may be small, ranchers and farmers suffer economically when wolves kill domestic animals. Red wolves have a good track record, partly because they live in a region where agriculture is based on crops such as soybeans and cotton. However, all human delvelopment—farming, housing subdivisions, road construction—affects wildlife. This is one reason we must emphasize the value of public lands, such as the national wildlife refuges of northeastern North Carolina. We must also encourage landowners to establish habitat for wildlife on private property. Saving wildlife without saving habitat is useless. Wildlife and wild lands go together.