World’s Only Wild Red Wolves in Jeopardy

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Agency hides red wolf info while leaving species to dwindle

Today SELC filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its ongoing lack of transparency regarding management of the world’s last remaining wild red wolves, all of which live in eastern North Carolina. The complaint alleges the service u...

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SELC condemns administration plan to dismantle Endangered Species Act

SELC came out strongly against changes to implementation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act put forth this week by the Trump administration. “These rules remove long-standing protections for endangered and threatened wildlife that are central to our...

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Clock is ticking to save wild red wolves as species’ status confirmed

A report released today confirms the classification of red wolves as a species. The study by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reasserts what has long been reflected in the law. “Today’s report confirms the longstanding cla...

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Time Running Out to Save Wild Red Wolves as National Academies of Sciences Confirms Species Status

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In response to today’s report confirming the classification of red wolves as a species by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement by Derb...

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Endangered red wolves get immediate reprieve, still need urgent action

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will delay changes to regulations governing the management of endangered wild red wolves while it considers a recent court decision.

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Urgent Action Needed to Save Wild Red Wolves While U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deliberates

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it will delay changes to regulations governing the management of wild red wolves while it considers a recent court decision, the Southern...

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Court victory: Wild red wolves get another chance at survival

Today a court in North Carolina ruled that federal officials violated legal requirements to protect and recover the world’s last wild red wolves. The ruling came in our challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s actions authorizing the capturi...

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Court Victory: Wild Red Wolves Get a Chance at Survival

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued an order declaring that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in its...

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Public, politicians, scientists, and conservationists oppose rule threatening red wolf recovery

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) proposal to drastically cut protections for the only red wolf population left in the wild drew heated opposition from scientists, politicians, concerned citizens, and conservation groups, including SELC. Th...

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New series explores red wolf viewpoints during critical period

WildSides—an independent nonprofit dedicated to investigating and documenting controversies involving wildlife—has launched Red Wolf Conflict Untangled, a new project exploring key issues related to red wolf recovery in eastern North Carolina during...

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New federal plan would doom world’s only wild red wolves to extinction

A new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule, released today, envisions restricting the world’s only wild population of red wolves to one refuge and a bombing range in eastern North Carolina. At the same time the rule declares “open season” on any of th...

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Plan Dooms Only Wild Red Wolves to Extinction

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new rule proposes to restrict the world’s only wild population of red wolves to one refuge and a bombing range in eastern North Carolina, while declaring “open season” on any of the highly...

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Red wolf report ignores agency role in species decline

On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a long-overdue status review for the endangered red wolf. In the review, the agency maintains that the red wolf is highly endangered, but fails to address its own contributions to the recent dec...

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Today’s USFWS Status Review of Endangered Red Wolves

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following statement by senior attorney Sierra Weaver regarding the long overdue status review of endangered red wolves published today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency. The SELC...

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Court stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from capturing, killing wild red wolves

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued a preliminary injunction that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of...

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Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves

Chapel Hill, N.C.- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued a preliminary injunction that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture...

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Agency proposes reversing progress to protect endangered wild red wolves

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced dramatic proposed changes to the agency’s recovery program for the highly endangered wild red wolf population. The proposals include a plan to capture the remaining wild red wolves and keep them in...

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Court Asked to Stop U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves

World’s population down to 45 known wild red wolves after USFWS ends protective efforts Chapel Hill, N.C. – Conservation groups late yesterday asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to stop the U.S. Fish and...

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Court asked to stop USFWS from capturing, killing wild red wolves

Conservation groups represented by SELC late yesterday asked a federal court to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of...

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U. S. FWS to Court for Failures to Protect the World’s Only Red Wolves

Conservation groups filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal...

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SELC takes U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to court for failures to protect only wild red wolves

Thursday SELC and a coalition of conservation groups filed a complaint against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal actions including authorizing the killing...

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on notice for failures to protect world’s only wild red wolves

Conservation groups today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue the agency for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves. The suit will include the agency’s illegal action in authorizing the...

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US Fish & Wildlife Failure to Protect Red Wolves

Chapel Hill, N.C.- Conservation groups today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue the agency for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal action in authorizing the killing of a...

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Halted program could spell extinction for red wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s successful, decades-old program to recover the endangered red wolf was dealt a huge blow yesterday, as the Service announced it was effectively halting this national model for bringing a species back from the...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Plan Threatens Survival of Endangered Red Wolf Population

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a decision to significantly scale back its extremely successful reintroduction of endangered red wolves into eastern North Carolina. After nearly 30 years of cooperation with...

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As numbers dwindle, authorities ok shooting of endangered red wolf

The recent shooting of an endangered red wolf mother highlights the challenges facing this disappearing species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the shooting last week in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina, home to...

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Conservation Groups Condemn Killing of Red Wolf Mother

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Following the gunshot death of a critically endangered female red wolf mother in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina, conservation groups today demanded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ensure the survival...

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World’s only wild red wolves may become extinct

Over 25 years into a successful U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program in North Carolina to bring back wild red wolves back from the brink of extinction, the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission recently passed a resolution calling for an end to...

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Agreement protects endangered red wolves

A settlement between SELC and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will protect the endangered red wolf from the ravages of nighttime hunting of coyotes in the Red Wolf Recovery Area. Because coyotes look remarkably like red wolves,...

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Settlement Reached on Protecting World’s Only Wild Red Wolves from Deadly Mistaken Identity

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today indicated its approval of a settlement agreement between conservation nonprofits and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to address shootings of...

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Court Protects World’s Only Wild Red Wolves

A federal court late yesterday issued a preliminary injunction against the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s authorization of coyote hunting—including by spotlight at night-- in the five county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited by...

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Groups Seek to Protect Endangered Red Wolves in Recovery Area from Deadly Mistaken Identity

Conservation organizations today challenged North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s authorization of coyote hunting—including by spotlight at night-- in the five county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited by the world’s only wild...

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Groups Seek to Protect Endangered Red Wolves in Recovery Area from Deadly Mistaken Identity

Conservation organizations today challenged North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s authorization of coyote hunting—including by spotlight at night-- in the five county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited by the world’s only wild...

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Shooters Reported Mistaking Endangered Red Wolves for Coyotes

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records, at least three of the ten endangered red wolves shot and killed in 2012 were reported by the shooters as mistaken for coyotes.  Read more in the press release.

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Shooters Reported Mistaking Endangered Red Wolves for Coyotes

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records, at least three of the ten endangered red wolves shot and killed in 2012 were reported by the shooters as mistaken for coyotes.  No responsible party or reason is reported or identified for the...

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Court Halts N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes after 4th Endangered Red Wolf Shot

After four endangered wolves were killed, a North Carolina court today granted conservation groups’ request to stop a temporary state rule that allows spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in the five county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited...

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Court Halts N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes after 4th Endangered Red Wolf Shot

After four endangered wolves were killed, a North Carolina court today granted conservation groups’ request to stop a temporary state rule that allows spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in the five county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited...

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Halt of N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes Sought After Endangered Red Wolf Killed

Concerned groups asked a state court to stop spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in North Carolina—including the area inhabited by the world’s only wild population of about 100 red wolves—after one or more of the wolves was killed. More details...

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Halt of N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes Sought After Endangered Red Wolf Killed

Concerned groups asked a state court to stop spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in North Carolina—including the area inhabited by the world’s only wild population of about 100 red wolves—after one or more of the wolves was killed. The Southern...

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A Wildlife Tragedy Waiting to Happen

On behalf of several wildlife protection groups, SELC has gone to court to challenge a temporary state rule that allows spotlight hunting of coyotes at night throughout North Carolina, including the area inhabited by the world’s only wild population...

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Groups challenge N.C. spotlighting of coyotes near endangered red wolves

Accidental shootings resulting in death or injury are a primary concern outlined in a court challenge filed today against an illegal, temporary state rule that allows spotlight hunting of coyotes at night throughout North Carolina, including in the...

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