Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Turning to the Courts to Save Red Wolves

“This week, Defenders and our conservation partners took the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves, and for its 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 most significant threat red wolves face in the wild is from being shot when mistaken for coyotes. Red wolves are also threatened by other factors such as loss of habitat and interbreeding with coyotes. This species needs help on the federal, state and local levels to ensure its continued survival. In the words of Jason Rylander, our senior attorney on the case: “The red wolf is in grave danger of extinction, . . . ” www.defendersblog.org

GR:  Too often, we have to invest in legal action to force the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support wildlife.  How can we wrest this key organization out of the hands of the corporations and politicians and let it do its job?  Will our next president place development first and nature last?

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