Settlement Aims to Reduce Red Wolf Mortality

Red Wolf Captive Program Image Credit: R. Nordsven, USFWS

North Carolina will adjust its coyote hunting regulations to help reduce mortality of the endangered red wolf (Canis lupus rufus) as part of a court settlement with several environmental non-profits. The legally designated experimental, non-essential population of an estimated 100 wolves has been the accidental target of hunters who mistake them for large coyotes. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will ban night hunting of coyotes in the five-county area in eastern North Carolina where the wolves reside, and also require a permit for hunting during the day.

Read more at Southern Environmental Law Center.