Red wolves were once widespread across the Southeast but are now limited to just a single, reintroduced population of about 100 wolves in North Carolina.
And North Carolina's red wolves are still threatened by illegal shootings and politically powerful interests that want them gone. But this small population could soon get a big boost from a proposal by the state's Wildlife Resources Commission.
Under the proposal, North Carolina will finally protect red wolves under the state's endangered species act. And, because dispersing wolves are often shot on accident by hunters who mistake them for coyotes, the proposed plan is to ban coyote hunting at night in red wolf recovery areas. The new rules would seek to reduce hunting mistakes by more strictly regulating some forms of hunting and prohibiting coyote-killing contests in places designated for red wolf recovery.
January 22, 2015 Action Alert ID# 171
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