3rd red wolf shot since NC expanded coyote hunt

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.

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