Red Wolf, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – GUILTY!

red wolfRed Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare Institute and the Southern Environmental Law Center brought a case to federal court on behalf of the Red Wolfs population in North Carolina.

“For four years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been dismantling one of the most successful predator reintroductions in U.S. history,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “The service knows how to protect and recover the red wolf in the wild, but it stopped listening to its scientists and started listening to bureaucrats instead,” Weaver said. “The law doesn’t allow the agency to just walk away from species conservation, like it did here.”

U.S. District Court Findings

In a ruling handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act were violated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its rollback of protections of red wolves in eastern North Carolina.

By making the court’s Sept. 29, 2016 order permanent, Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle also stopped the USFWS and private landowners from capturing and killing red wolves without first demonstrating that the wolves are a threat to human safety or the safety of livestock or pets.

Conservation measures that had helped the red wolfs population grow from 16 animals in 1987 to more than 130 in 2016 had been abandoned in recent years, advocates said, allowing their numbers to drop to as few as 24 in the wild.  The red wolves could roam a designated 1.7 million-acre, five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area.

In June, the Fish and Wildlife Service moved to avoid court action on the lawsuit by proposing a new rule to restrict wild red wolves to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County Bombing Range, while allowing the immediate killing of any wolves that live on or wander into non-federal lands.

Wide Spread Red Wolf Outrage

red wolfConservation groups opposed the proposal, seeking reinstatement of previous management measures, and further noted more than 108,000 public comments on the agency’s proposed rule were also opposed.  Less than 50 comments supported the proposal to restrict red wolves to federal lands in Dare County.

Kim Wheeler, executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition stated, “Rolling back protections is the opposite of what this species needs,” said. “The court’s ruling today makes clear that the USFWS must recommit to red wolf recovery and resume its previously successful management policies and actions.”

Source: Coastal Review Online on November 7, 2018

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