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Episode 003 - Coyote Contention in "Red Wolf Country"

The conflict over red wolves escalated in 2013 and 2014 based on coyotes. Why Coyotes? In this episode we begin to explore the relationship between red wolves, coyote hunting, private property and the State of North Carolina. How did the red wolf recovery program go from a divisive issue to a more heated conflict? Learn how coyotes, shootings of red wolves and coyote hunting led to a lawsuit pitting conservation groups (Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Welfare Institute), represented by Southern Environmental Law Center, against the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 

You can find out more and see photos at www.wildsides.org. Check out the homepage and the Red Wolf page. 

Music Attribution, Creative Commons 3.0 - Sweetwaveaudio https://soundcloud.com/sweetwaveaudio/free-ambient-loop

Special Thanks to this episode's Editor and Co-Producer: Gabriel Maisonnave.

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Episode 002 - Let's Go to "Red Wolf Country"!

(Evaluation & Lawsuit Updates Included)

In this episode we meet hunters and landowners, learn about the environment and wildlife in the five-county red wolf recovery area, and briefly hear what it's like for a biologist to walk through the woods in search of a pup den in the wild. Why meet these people? Why talk about the environment and other non-red wolf wildlife? Why experience walking through the woods? It gives us a sense of the area, some of the people, the economy and the environment. This is vital for understanding how we got to this point in the conflict, why the future of the red wolf program is in question and how the red wolf population went from up to 130 wolves to fewer than 45. This episode is incredibly important because this particular conflict is unique to the red wolf recovery area in northeastern North Carolina.

You can find out more and see photos at www.wildsides.org. Check out the homepage and the Red Wolf page. 

This podcast also includes two very important updates:

  1. The results of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluation of the red wolf recovery program.
  2. An order issued by a judge in one of the lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its management of the red wolf recovery program.

Music Attribution, Creative Commons 3.0 - Sweetwaveaudio https://soundcloud.com/sweetwaveaudio/free-ambient-loop

This episode was produced with the help of Gabriel Maisonnave.

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Episode 001 - Introduction and Re-Introduction

We set out to understand, over the coming months, how one event or series of events over a relatively short period of time can drive conflict over the edge. In this episode we introduce the red wolf, the federal evaluation that will determine the future of the only wild red wolf population in the world, and provide a brief history of this highly endangered animal. How did it go from once extinct in the wild to almost 130 animals and back to 45 or fewer individuals left today? This episode sets us up to learn more about the area and the people where the red wolf was reintroduced into the wild in 1987. Music: Creative Commons 3.0, Attribution - Sweetwaveaudio https://soundcloud.com/sweetwaveaudio/free-ambient-loop

This episode was produced with the help of Gabriel Maisonnave.

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What is Wildlife Conflict Untangled?

We live with controversy and debate everywhere. But now and then one event or series of events will throw a conflict over the edge. We’ve seen that it can be an act by one individual, a protest, a storm or even a presidential election.

Wildlife Conflict Untangled is a podcast series by WildSides, a non-profit that explores human-wildlife interaction: From Conflict to Common Ground. Visit us atwww.wildsides.org. Narrated by Jeff Mittelstadt you will join him as he learns about what causes conflict to escalate, the similarities among opposing viewpoints, and the difficulty and importance of understanding different sides of an issue.

Our first season concentrates on the endangered red wolf in northeastern North Carolina. You get to join Jeff as he explores a new place, immerses himself in experiencing life in northeastern North Carolina, learns from amazing people with differing opinions surrounding the conflict over red wolves and navigates the federal evaluation that will determine the future of the only wild red wolf population in the world. How has the red wolf gone from extinct in the wild to almost 130 animals and now down to 45 or fewer left in the wild today? What is the conflict about and how did we get here? What happens now? Roll up your sleeves with us, jump into this story as it develops over the coming months! Come with us as it unfolds from Conflict to Common Ground.

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