and by fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation.
Court Asked to Stop U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
From Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves
On 20 June 2016, conservation groups asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves.
Previously, the agency stopped key conservation actions and began authorizing private landowners to kill red wolves on their land. It also has been capturing wolves throughout the five-county red wolf recovery area in North Carolina, and holding them for weeks or months before releasing them into unfamiliar territory, separated from their mates and pack. This practice has raised concerns for conservation groups and scientists who are worried it is harming individual wolves and the population as a whole.
Other Red Wolf Coalition Headlines…
- Kim Wheeler Wins Roosevelt-Ashe Award (6/23/2016) - Kim Wheeler, the Red Wolf Coalition’s Executive Director, has won Wild South’s prestigious Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Educator. We are proud of Kim’s accomplishments, and we are fortunate to have her as the leader of the Red Wolf Coalition. … Continue reading
- Take Care Before You Sign… (5/9/2016) - A group calling itself “Citizens Science” has initiated several online petitions accusing the Red Wolf Coalition of raiding wild canid dens and brutally destroying the pups. The group also alleges that the USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program kills hybrid pup … Continue reading
- OIG Report on Red Wolf Program Released (2/26/2016) - Opposition to the Red Wolf Recovery Program has manifested itself in a number of ways. One of these is through complaints by some red wolf opponents to the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) criticizing the … Continue reading