05:22 PM

For Immediate Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delays Deadly Plan for Red Wolves

Last night, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a delay of the proposed rule for red wolves because of the federal court ruling issued earlier this month in the Eastern District of North Carolina that found that the Fish and Wildlife Service had violated the Endangered Species Act in its management of the wolf.

Defenders of Wildlife’s Southeast Program Director, Ben Prater, issued the following statement: 

“The federal court found that the Fish and Wildlife Service has been mismanaging the red wolf program for the past four years and has violated the Endangered Species Act. The status quo clearly will not advance recovery of the red wolf, and neither will the preferred alternatives in the proposed new rule. The delay of the proposed rule for red wolves shows that the Fish and Wildlife Service continues to refuse to acknowledge that the only prudent, legal and scientifically justifiable path forward is Alternative 2, which initiates adaptive management, reintroductions and stakeholder engagement.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service should throw out its contested plan for red wolves and instead fulfill its duties by conserving the species, taking concrete steps to protect this species and charting a path towards recovery. Red wolves need help now.”


Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.