The faith of red wolves in North Carolina is now in humans’ hands, as the population is severely decreasing. Officials at the US Fish and Wildlife Service are in charge of protecting them and finding proper conservation strategies. However, federal authorities decided that is the responsibility of people at the FWS that the red wolf population goes through such difficult times.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service faced legal charges from environmentalists who claimed that the officials are not doing their best in order to save the red wolves. Several organizations and agencies teamed up against the FWS on the benefit of red wolves. The Red Wolf Coalition, the Animal Welfare Institute, and the Defenders of Wildlife were three of the main accusers.
The judge decided in favor of these organizations. As a result, officials from the US Fish and Wildlife Service are not allowed to take any action against the wolves. A future trial will set more specific terms for both parts.
Some of the plans of the US Fish and Wildlife Service included increasing the number of red wolves. They intended to capture the few individuals left in the wild and breed them in captivity. They were to be taken to zoos and other similar places. However, wildlife advocates disapprove of this method because it affects the freedom of wild red wolves.
On the other hand, the wildlife agency also stated that their action was meant to help the populations of red wolves in North Carolina. Officials also said that killing the animals only happened in extreme cases. The judge who evaluated the case also believes that the FWS did everything according to the legal standards.
Recent surveys show that there is an alarming decrease in the population of red wolves living in the North Carolina forests. Now there are only forty-seven individuals living in the wild. Specialists also report that there are small chances for the animals to recover, as only three breeding pairs were identified.
Red wolves are the result of interbreeding of gray wolves and coyotes. This is why they have a reddish-colored fur. The species has been considered to be critically endangered for two decades now. The wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, specialists report an alarming decline which happened in the last two years.
Environmentalists will still fight for the rights of red wolves, although the US Fish and Wildlife Service never intended to violate these rights. Could you come up with an idea of saving the endangered wolves?
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