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There Was Actually a Study to Determine If Red Wolves Are Wolves. The Answer Could Have Doomed Them.

The Washington Post quoted Dr. Ron Sutherland on the recently released report that classified red wolves as a distinct species, separate from gray wolves and coyotes. As a distinct species, red wolves qualify for protections under the Endangered Species Act. We are hopeful this report will motivate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reinvigorate their red wolf recovery efforts. Photo: USFWS

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Endangered Red Wolves Are a Distinct Species in Northeastern North Carolina, According to New Study

The Virginian-Pilot covered our response to the newly released wolf taxonomy report, which declared red wolves to be a genetically distinct species, separate from gray wolves and coyotes. As a distinct species, red wolves deserve protections under the Endangered Species Act. Photo: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

Government-Funded Study Says Red Wolves Are Distinct Species

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. Photo: Ron Sutherland

In this closeup shot, a red wolf stares straight at the camera, his ears alert and snout pointed downward.

Judge Rules in Favor of Red Wolves, But the Fight Continues

Recent news, including a court ruling against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mismanagement of wild red wolves and a comment counting effort that showed near unanimous support of red wolf recovery, shows the immense red wolf favor that exists in North Carolina’s swampy Albemarle Peninsula. But these small victories are not the end of the battle for the red wolf. Photo: Becky Bartell, USFWS

Two red wolves, one in front of the other, stand on a patch of dirt surrounded by greenery.

Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Opposes Feds’ Plan to Nearly Wipe Out Wild Red Wolves in North Carolina

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove protections from the nation’s only wild population of endangered red wolves has been met with near unanimous opposition from the public. Nearly 99.9 percent of comments submitted favored the need for strong federal protections for red wolves. Photo: Ron Sutherland

Two red wolves, one in front of the other, stand on a patch of dirt surrounded by greenery.

This Is a Death Sentence for Red Wolves

Writing for Blue Ridge Outdoors, reporter Dan Dewitt chronicles the devastating saga of the wild red wolves, who now face extinction at the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent red wolf recovery plan. With quotes and camera trap photos of red wolves from Ron Sutherland, the article explains how the agency’s lack of protections deals a death sentence for the endangered animals. Photo: Ron Sutherland

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North Carolina Gov: Endangered Wolf Protection Should Stay

The Washington Post picked up this Associated Press article about North Carolina governor Roy Cooper’s comments urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reinvest in red wolf conservation efforts. Recently, the USFWS released a plan that, if enacted, would undoubtedly cause the extinction of this endangered animal. Photo: Wildlands Network