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Federal Judge Scolds Interior Department

A federal judge in North Carolina made permanent a temporary injunction against the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s shoot-to-kill authorization on wolves in the wild. The ruling protects the American red wolf, which conservationists predict is headed for extinction. According to The Washington Post, Chief Judge Terrence Boyle reminded the Service of its own statement that wildlife do not belong to private landowners but to the public, and should be managed for the public good. Boyle reprimanded the Interior Department’s mismanagement of the last red wolf population in the wild, noting that the agency was sworn to uphold a congressional mandate to preserve the animals but violated it repeatedly, especially by allowing landowners to shoot wolves without proving they were a danger to humans or livestock.

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