The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have allowed people to intentionally kill red wolves in most of northeastern North Carolina, and would have likely led to the extinction of the species in the wild.
The federal action essentially resets the agency’s policy on red wolf management. Red wolves will be protected in five counties — Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington. People can intentionally kill the wolves only to protect themselves, pets and livestock if they are in immediate danger.