Red Wolf Coalition v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service: Red Scare

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Winter 2020



This article analyzes the district court's decision in Red Wolf Coalition v. FWS. It reviews the events preceding the litigation. It demonstrates that the district court cor- rectly determined that the FWS violated sections 9, 4, and 7 of the ESA and NEPA. It examines the FWS's 2018 proposed regulatory changes to the red wolf program and the scientific criticism of the proposal. It reviews the National Academy of Science 2019 taxonomic study, which determined that the red wolf is a distinct species, and the dis- covery of red wolf ghost genes in wild canids on Galveston Island Texas and in south- west Louisiana.