Controversial Coyote Night-Hunting Rule Threatens Endangered Red Wolves
July 25, 2012 | Uncategorized
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will allow night hunting of coyotes throughout North Carolina including the five-county red wolf recovery area starting on August 1, 2012. Night hunting within the red wolf recovery area poses a serious threat to endangered red wolves who, despite their larger size and other differentiating characteristics, can look similar to coyotes. This move has hackles raised among many of our supporters and thankfully The Red Wolf Coalition is helping people voice their opposition. Please follow the link so you can help safeguard this critically endangered species: http://redwolves.com/rwc/getinvolved/temp_rules.html.
The red wolf is one of the world’s most endangered wild canids. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared red wolves extinct in the wild in 1980. By 1987, enough red wolves were bred in captivity to begin a restoration program on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. Today, An estimated 100 red wolves roam the wilds of that state.