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Are NC’s Red Wolves a Real Species?

Despite the misleading headline, this article in the Charlotte Observer provides a good discussion on the threats facing red wolves, including the possibility of losing protections under the Endangered Species Act following a study of red wolves’ genetic identity. Dr. Ron Sutherland, quoted in the article, has disproven the myth that red wolves are not genetically unique. This story also appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer.

The Trump administration’s proposal “seems much more politically motivated and targeted toward the red wolf and other species that have been attacked by industry groups,” [Dr. Ron] Sutherland said. “I would agree that the (act) needs to be updated to reflect complicated genetic realities, but the people doing the revisions shouldn’t be the ones talking for decades about getting rid of the act.”

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