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 for other illegal actions including authorizing the killing of a breeding female red wolf in a population of only 50-75 red wolves in the wild. The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI); all are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
“Today we’ve gone to court to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves that are now in critical condition with only about 50 to 75 red wolves remaining in the wild,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center who represents the conservation groups in today’s court filing. “The wild survival of America’s rarest wolf depends on whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acts responsibly and fulfills its legal duty.”
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