Red Wolf Coalition Headlines

The Red Wolf Coalition advocates for the long-term survival of red wolf populations by teaching about the red wolf
and by fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation.

Free to Roam


Our beloved Hank (pictured here with long-time companion Betty) died peacefully on September 14, 2016. He curled up in his den and went to sleep; this brings us a great measure of comfort as we celebrate his long life. It’s worth noting that he died on the anniversary of the 1987 return of the red wolf to the wild.

RWC Executive Director Kim Wheeler says of Hank I was honored to be Hank and Betty’s caretaker for the past eight years. Hank was a perfect ambassador and a model father. I remember watching him lying patiently in a shady corner with his pups crawling all over him, using him as a trampoline and seizing his tail for tug-‘o-war. I will always delight in recalling his joyful bounce when I arrived at the habitat. I like to think he and his devoted Betty were as glad to see me as I was to see them. Hank was comfortable being front and center for an audience, and he taught so many people about red wolves through our programs for the public.

Plans are being made to ensure that Betty will not be alone and that she will continue to have the best of care.

Other Red Wolf Coalition Headlines…

  • Hearings Begin in Red Wolf Litigation (9/19/2016) - The court fight to protect the world’s only population of wild red wolves continued in Raleigh, NC with a hearing on September 14, 2016. Learn more about the case here: Conservationists ask judge to curb red wolf removals … Continue reading
  • Strong Reactions to USFWS Red Wolf Propsal (9/19/2016) - Red wolf supporters and advocates have reacted strongly to the recent proposal by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the future of red wolves. We encourage red wolf supporters to gear up for a long and focused effort over … Continue reading
  • NC Legislators Voice Concerns to USFWS (8/31/2016) - Twenty-seven North Carolina legislators, led by Representative Pricey Harrison, detailed in a letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service their concerns regarding the red wolf recovery program. The letter outlines several problems in the Service’s recent conduct of the … Continue reading


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