3rd red wolf shot since NC expanded coyote hunt

Posted on: 6:38 pm, November 9, 2012, by

Coyote hunting is killing lookalike red wolves like this one.

Coyote hunting is killing lookalike red wolves like this one.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal wildlife officials say a third protected red wolf has been shot to death since North Carolina adopted a new rule allowing coyotes to be hunted at night with spotlights.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday a red wolf was found last week near Creswell, near the Washington and Tyrrell county line. Other wolves were found shot on Oct. 12 in Beaufort County and Sept. 4 in Tyrrell County.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission allowed overnight coyote hunting in August.

Wildlife and environmental groups next week are seeking a court order to block the rule because red wolves resemble coyotes and are hard to tell apart even during the day.

About 100 red wolves live wild in a five-county region in northeast North Carolina.

Credit: The Associated Press.