WHEREAS, the red wolf (Canis rufus) is currently among the most endangered of the mammalian species endemic to North America (currently occurring only in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana); and
WHEREAS, there is no coordinated plan to insure perpetuation of this unique species; and
WHEREAS, a particularly difficult situation exists in that the red wolf relict populations exist almost entirely on private lands used for grazing and/or farming; and
WHEREAS, numerous individuals and institutions are engaged in investigative study that may be very important for the species if properly correlated;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Society of Mammalogists strongly recommend that a positive management for conservation of the species and research program be immediately instituted; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Bureau of Sports Fisheries and Wildlife, of the U. S. Department of Interior, be directed to act as the organizing and collaborating center for all such research and management programs, with adequate personnel and funding; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Society of Mammalogists strongly endorse in principle all on-going and/or prospective programs that might help to insure the survival of the species.