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Red Wolves Nearing Extinction — Only 40 Left in the Wild

Doyle Rice from USA TODAY covered our press release on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 5-year review of the red wolf’s endangered status. While the review acknowledges that red wolves are still endangered, with only 40 animals left in the wild, it fails to acknowledge the USFWS’s own role in the red wolves’ decline.

“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,” Sutherland said. The FWS “stopped releasing new wolves from captivity, they stopped managing coyotes, and they’ve sat back and watched as gunshot mortality shredded the red wolf population.”

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