Dr. Ron Sutherland, our chief scientist, spoke with The Washington Post about the newly released expert report that defines red wolves as a distinct species, separate from gray wolves and coyotes.
This conclusion is especially important because it means that as a distinct species, red wolves are deserving of protections under the Endangered Species Act. We are hopeful this report will motivate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to renew their efforts to recover red wolves in the wild.
Ron Sutherland, a biologist with the nonprofit Wildlands Network, said he had been waiting on “pins and needles” to see what the panel decided.
“That should be a kick in the butt for the Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the quiet negligence of letting the species go extinct in the wild,” he said.
Note: This is an Associated Press article that was picked up by multiple outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Miami Herald, ABC News, Durham’s The Herald Sun, and The Waco Tribune-Herald.