Act Now to Protect Red Wolves in the Wild
The last remaining red wolves in the wild need your help. North Carolina is home to the only wild population, where they were reintroduced into their native range along the western Albemarle peninsula in the late 1980s after extirpation from the wild. Red wolves and coyotes are similar in size, coats, and coloring, so the wolves are frequently mistaken for coyotes and killed when people hunt coyotes during the day.
In March of this year, after North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) proposed rules to allow night hunting of coyotes, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) provided testimony at public hearings, followed by substantial legal comments in April. We delineated violations of state law associated with the proposed rules and offered compelling evidence of how they would adversely impact endangered red wolves.
However, WRC passed the rules in direct violation of the state’s procedural laws. AWI, along with Defenders of Wildlife, the Red Wolf Coalition, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, has asked a state court to stop spotlight hunting of coyotes at night. We also sent a letter to the WRC notifying it that the WRC is in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing spotlight hunting of coyotes and the groups will file a federal enforcement action unless steps are taken to protect the wolves.
At least two red wolves have already been killed since the night hunting rule went into effect in August. Only 100 or so red wolves remain in the wild.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please contact the WRC and urge it to stop all coyote hunting—both in daylight and at night—within the red wolf recovery area. Tell it that allowing coyote hunting in the sole remaining habitat of a small and vulnerable population of wild red wolves is unnecessary and a grave threat to the conservation of the wolves.
Please be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to submit a comment, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!