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Court Asked to Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves

posted Jul 29, 2016, 7:15 PM by chloe owens

6/21/16, by Southern Environmental Law Center

Court Asked to Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves

Conservation groups late yesterday asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. The groups brought the federal agency to court for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves—previously estimated to be over 100 animals. Court filings detail a population decline of 50% over the course of two years, as well as the agency’s ongoing actions and inactions that continuing to imperil the survival and recovery of the species. As one example of FWS’s failure to protect red wolves, the groups cite its 2015 authorization of a private landowner to kill a breeding female that was exhibiting denning behavior, after minimal efforts by the agency to save the animal.

http://www.wolf.org/headlines/court-asked-to-stop-u-s-fish-wildlife-service-from-capturing-and-killing-wild-red-wolves/

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