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Red Wolf Status Grim, Review Says

Smoky Mountain News published a piece on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) 5-year review of the red wolf’s endangered status. They included a quote from our press release detailing our disappointment with the agency’s seeming abandonment of the Red Wolf Recovery Program.

“We’re disappointed that the five-year status review appears to take great pains to describe the North Carolina wild population of red wolves as unsustainable, without acknowledging the fact that the decision by FWS leadership to functionally abandon the program is what has led to the striking recent declines in red wolf numbers since 2012,” said Ron Sutherland, conservation scientist for Wildlands Network.

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