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Wildlife Agency Drops Appeal to Court-Ordered Red Wolf Releases

May 10, 2021, 2:51 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will no longer contest a federal judge’s order that it must continue releasing captive red wolves into a recovery area in North Carolina, according to a filing in the Fourth Circuit.

The agency previously said it was limited to releasing only 12 wolves and that no other releases were authorized. The policy drew a challenge by conservation groups, who said at the time of their lawsuit filed in November that only seven known red wolves remain in the wild.

Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute said the agency’s actions violated ...

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