Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014
HOLLISTER — The red wolf, after decades of being gone from eastern North Carolina, is making a comeback, according to Sandra Fambrough, park ranger at Medoc Mountain State Park, who is hosting a lesson on what the resurgence means.
Taking place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Medoc, 1541 Medoc State Park Road in Hollister, Fambrough said she will aid in educating people through her program. She said this is the first time the “Foxes, Coyotes and Wolves, oh my!” existed, and it was created to teach several topics, such as the differences and similarities between foxes, coyotes and wolves. Fambrough added she will also explain why red wolves are a benefit to the area.
For example, she said with the lack of predators, such as the red wolf, smaller creatures like the mouse, rabbit or rat are left unchecked and become too populous. These smaller animals may harbor several diseases detrimental to humans, Fambrough added. “Every animal, big or small, has an important part to fill that niche in the environment,” she said.
Though she said she’s had people encounter the red wolf return with fear, red wolves also hunt the more dangerous animals in the area, such as coyotes.
The lesson will also include what landowners can expect when red wolves start being reintroduced more and more, but for now, they are in the wild only in Dare, Washington, Terrell, Hite and Beaufort counties. “And though we are not near those counties, if the red wolf is able to make a comeback, it’ll eventually be in Halifax County,” she said.
Fambrough encouraged families to come out Saturday afternoon for an informative indoor lesson on what the red wolf has in store for North Carolina. People can expect several pictures and animal pelts to experience during the lesson. “To me, it’s a very beneficial animal to have here,” she said.