I moved to North Carolina in 2002, with no knowledge of the red wolf. I had never heard of it until I went on a field trip to the Durham Museum of Life and Science with my daughter's second grade class. As I walked around, I discovered the red wolf - a pair in fact - in a breeding program. I went home and researched the wolf and was for once proud of North Carolina. I am usually in shock of this state's wildlife protection or lack thereof.
NC is where the only wild population exists. To make a long story short, Americans hunted the reds to the brink of extinction (what's new?), then someone intervened and said "oh maybe we shouldn't kill all of them." The last 100 reds were rounded up and sent to different zoos and science centers to be left for the next generation to deal with. After some years passed, the reds were released into Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
So here we are today, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission has asked the US Fish and Wildlife Service to end the Red Wolf Recovery Program and to declare the red wolf extinct in the wild after it captures all red wolves released on private property.