Report finds flaws in red wolf restoration effort

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An independent review has found flaws in a 27-year program to restore the endangered red wolf to the wild, including data gathering, the size of the habitat and lack of coordination with local managers.

The review by the Wildlife Management Institute was released Thursday. It had been commissioned by federal wildlife officials as they consider whether to continue its efforts to maintain the world’s only wild red wolf population in eastern North Carolina. A decision on how to proceed is expected in early 2015.

The 171-page report found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service underestimated how much habitat was needed to support the wolves and noted that the wolves began traveling outside of the wildlife refuges where they were first released.

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