Help is still needed on this action! Please see http://awionline.org/action-ealerts/red-wolves-need-your-urgent-help for updated contact information.
Dear North Carolina Humanitarian,
On May 13, 2014, AWI and co-plaintiffs won an important preliminary legal victory to protect red wolves in your state. A federal court halted all coyote hunting (a huge threat to red wolf survival) in the 1.7 million acres where the only population of wild red wolves live and roam. You can learn more about our efforts to protect red wolves by visiting https://awionline.org/cases/protection-red-wolves.
But the battle is not over. Although we have halted coyote hunting in the designated Red Wolf Recovery Area, we must still fight to ensure that red wolves have a future in North Carolina. Red wolf recovery efforts must be maintained and expanded if the species is to survive in the wild. Consequently, it is imperative that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) continues to stand behind and fully fund this program. We need your help to show that the American public supports the red wolf and USFWS's efforts to protect and recover this critically endangered species, and that we do not want these wolves to be exterminated once again from their native lands.
In addition, because you are a resident of North Carolina, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) needs to hear from you! The commission has proposed a temporary rule to ban coyote hunting in order to comply with the judge's order, and will hold a hearing on June 19, 2014. Please comment and attend the hearing to show your support for the red wolf!
What You Can Do
1. Contact USFWS and let it know you support efforts to recover red wolves in North Carolina.
You can submit an email to USFWS on the AWI Compassion Index by clicking here, where you will find a sample message.
2. Contact NCWRC: NCWRC is accepting public comments on its proposed rules until June 23, 2014. You can read the proposed rules by clicking here.
Please write to the commission today to let them know that you support red wolves, and that you are in favor of the proposed temporary rules to prohibit coyote hunting in the five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area in northeastern North Carolina.
To submit your comments: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Temporary Rules re Coyote Hunting" in the subject line. Suggested statement: "I support red wolves and am in favor of the proposed temporary rules to prohibit coyote hunting in the five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area in northeastern North Carolina." Please include your city and state; other personal information is not required.
You can submit an email to NCWRC on the AWI Compassion Index by clicking here, where you will find a sample message.
You can also mail your comments to:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Attn: Kate Pipkin
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1701
3. Attend the public hearing in Columbia, NC, at 7:00 p.m. on June 19, 2014.
Columbia High School (auditorium)
902 Main Street
Columbia, NC 27925
We expect that this meeting will be heavily attended by the highly vocal people opposed to ending coyote hunting in the five-county area. Please speak up and voice your support for the red wolf recovery program.
Also, be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact USFWS and NCWRC. As always, thank you very much for your dedication to protecting animals!