Dori Edwards, Global Animal
NORTH CAROLINA — According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services, the Red Wolf is one of the most endangered species in the world. In a recent statement by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, “fewer than 100 red wolves remain in the wild.”
First recognized as endangered in 1967, the species’ rapid decrease was caused by predator control programs and the human degradation of their natural habitat.
Red wolves are characterized by red and brown hued fur and are often confused with their relative the coyote. The canine is currently only found in the wild in North Carolina.
Unfortunately, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently approved night hunting of coyotes within the area that is the only environment red wolves inhabit.
As a result of the recent ruling, red wolves are at risk of being killed due to their similarities in appearance to the targeted coyote. Since the ordinance, two red wolves have already been shot by mistaken hunters.
The cruel ruling also obviously endangers the undeserving coyote. The government legalization of night hunting provides hunters not only with an unfair advantage but includes the right to an unlimited body count. Change.org states that “human encroachment is the coyotes biggest threat.”
The DWAF is sponsoring a petition against this mindless murder. Help these innocent canines from being unjustifiably executed and sign the petition to tell the NCWRC to not “let anymore wolves die! Stop all coyote hunting—daytime or nighttime—within the red wolf recovery area!”