The tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf is known to all. But now a new tale about something called the red wolf is emerging that is making quite a splash among wildlife conservationists.  The red wolf once ranged from Florida to Texas, but by 1970 was nearly extinct.  Fish and Wildlife Service officials then began an aggressive captive breeding program with the last remaining 14 animals, and today red wolves are starting to rebound. Since 4 pairs have been released in North Carolina in 1987, the numbers have now surged to over 100 canines, and public support for the wolf reintroduction effort, crucial to its success, stands at around 70 percent.  This is howling good news, indeed!

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