Act Now to Protect Red Wolves

Friday, February 7, 2014

Act Now to Protect Red Wolves - Photo by Once and Future LuaraDear North Carolina Humanitarian,

The last remaining wild red wolves need your help.

Red wolves—whose wild population had once been wiped out—were reintroduced into their native range along the western Albemarle peninsula in the late 1980s. Today, they are a protected species and it is a violation of the Endangered Species Act to hunt red wolves.

But 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. And the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is making it frighteningly easy to make that mistake. Despite the known difficulty in telling these animals apart, NCWRC has authorized daytime and nighttime hunting of coyotes in the Red Wolf Recovery Area. There are as few as 90-110 left surviving in the wild, and at least 10 percent were killed just last year.

This past October, the Animal Welfare Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Red Wolf Coalition brought suit under the Endangered Species Act, arguing that, by authorizing the shooting of coyotes within the Red Wolf Recovery Area, the NCWRC is causing unlawful take (i.e. harassing, harming, hunting, or killing) of the red wolf. The NCWRC, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and local representatives need to hear from red wolf supporters now about the importance of these imperiled creatures.

What You Can Do:
Please contact the NCWRC, USFWS, and local NC representatives and ask them to protect red wolves. Tell them that all coyote hunting—both in daylight and at night—within the Red Wolf Recovery Area threatens the last remaining red wolves in their only habitat in the wild.

You can submit an email to the selected officials on the AWI Compassion Index by clicking here, where you will find a sample message and a list of the selected officials.

Take Action by clicking here

Please also share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to send a message too.

As always, thank you very much for your help!


Cathy Liss

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