Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal’s extinction in violation of federal law.

Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that new rules for the red wolf program, set to be finalized next month, mean that the conservationists’ legal arguments are moot — and that they must file another lawsuit if they want to challenge the new plans.<<<Read More>>>