I was deeply saddened today to learn that Warren Parker, the first director of the national red wolf reintroduction program, passed away on August 25 at age 76. The Asheville Citizen Times has a brief obituary online here. I met Warren this past February when I drove to Asheville to hear him give a public talk, and later I interviewed him in April for my book project. I found him to be a kind gentleman, with a deep love for wildlife. He was modest and funny, and while his memory was fuzzy on a few items he seemed to be in good health. He was looking forward to traveling out West to work on a prairie dog conservation project, when I met him. I hope he got to make that trip. I hope to be able to capture a part of his history in my book, but I’m very, very saddened to know he won’t be here to read it when it’s finished.