Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife from Killing Wild Red Wolves

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has recently issued a preliminary injunction that orders the prevention of capturing and killing red wolves by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is well-known that the population of wild red wolves is rapidly dwindling.

Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said, “This is a great day for red wolves and for anyone who loves nature in eastern North Carolina.” She added, “The court was clear that it’s the Fish and Wildlife Service’s job to conserve this endangered species, not drive it to extinction. The agency cannot simply abandon that responsibility.”

This comes about after the federal agency failed to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves. It was previously estimated that there are only 100 of them left.

A huge majority of North Carolina residents support this effort, according to a recent Tulchin Research poll. It revealed that 73 percent of North Carolinians support the recovery of red wolves.

“It is reassuring that the court recognized the importance of fostering the recovery of this endangered species,” said Kim Wheeler, the executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition.