Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced his letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regional Director Leopoldo Miranda urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to immediately take the action necessary to conserve the wild population of the critically endangered American red wolf.
McEachin’s letter notes that recent federal court opinions, as well as commitments of support from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, make it clear that USFWS should be working to ensure red wolf recovery—rather than standing idly by as the wild population continues to approach zero. The letter goes on to state:
The continued decline of this critically endangered species is unacceptable. Recent developments strengthen the scientific and legal basis for continued red wolf protection. For example, in March 2019, the National Academy of Sciences, in a congressionally mandated report, confirmed that red wolves are a taxonomically distinct species worthy of legal protection. Furthermore, in November 2018, a federal court held that the FWS was improperly allowing the species to decline despite having access to conservation strategies that could maintain the wild population. Considering these developments and the now perilously low population numbers, it is critical that the FWS act expeditiously to increase the existing wild red wolf population.
Read the entire letter using the PDF link below: