Ron Sutherland spoke with The Guardian about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s seeming willingness to let the population of red wolves decline in the wild under the Trump administration, which released a plan last year that would allow hunters to shoot the wolves if they wandered outside of the shrunken recovery area. Read on to learn more about this iconic species’ struggle for survival.
“The impression we’ve gotten is that Fish and Wildlife have got tired of trying to save controversial species like wolves,” said Dr Ron Sutherland, an ecologist and red wolf expert at the Wildlands Network. “They don’t have the budget or the backing of Congress. It’s easier to let the wolves decline to the point where they can just pull the plug and we’re very nearly at that point. This wasn’t a thing started by Trump but Trump could certainly finish it off.”