IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISH SUBSCRIBERS – SERVICE INTERRUPTION – CLICK HERE

4th red wolf shot since NC loosened coyote hunting

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Coyote hunting is killing lookalike red wolves like this one.

Coyote hunting is killing lookalike red wolves like this one.

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say a fourth 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 with a radio collar was found Thursday with a suspected gunshot wound north of Fairfield in Hyde County. It’s the fourth death of a radio-collared red wolf since September.

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

Wildlife and environmental groups oppose 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. Red wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Credit: The Associated Press.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 82,474 other followers