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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:50

Public comment open on red wolves’ future

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The future of the world’s only remaining wild red wolf population will be decided following a public comment period ending July 24.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held two public hearings on the matter in the eastern part of the state, where the red wolves live in a five-county area. 

The wolves have been the subject of controversy for years, with the Fish and Wildlife Service deciding in September 2016 that wild red wolf populations could recover only if “significant changes” were made to the program. The plan called for capturing most of the population and concentrating efforts on bolstering captive red wolf populations, with the Fish and Wildlife Service to determine more suitable reintroduction locations by October 2017. A federal judge later ordered a halt to the plan when environmental groups filed a lawsuit against it. 

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