The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund recently asked for assistance through the Greater Good Network animal rescue site. It was reported that there was approval by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to allow hunting of coyotes at night.
This hunting state rule allows spotlight hunting in the area frequented by the only wild population of red wolves. Red wolves are one of the most endangered animals in the world.
The problem is that both red wolves and coyotes look alike whether it be day or night. When viewing both at night, it is very difficult and almost impossible to tell them apart.
Two wolves have recently been shot illegally. Because there are perhaps only 100 red wolves left in the wild, we must protect each animal and provide for their continuing population growth.
Every year, hunters in North Carolina accidentally kill between 7 and 9 red wolves. The issue at hand is that with the ruling of shooting coyotes at night, this number will most assuredly increase.
The new coyote ruling may need to be examined in order to protect the red wolf population.