Red Wolves Need Emergency Protection, Conservationists Say
2016-06-03 19:53:22 GMT
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"The petition calls for the Fish and Wildlife Service, which has decreased its North Carolina staff and stopped reintroducing pups into the wild, to establish two additional populations of red wolves in swampy areas in Alabama, Kentucky and other southern states. It also seeks an upgrading of the status of red wolves, which are endangered, from “nonessential” to “essential.” The change in status would grant reserved habitat to the species and require consultations with biologists over how changes to land use would affect the wolves. The petition aims to close loopholes in the Endangered Species Act: The conservation groups also say provisions for “nonessential” species make it easy to shoot red wolves without punishment."
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