World’s Only Wild Red Wolves in Jeopardy

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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