Speak Out Against Dangerous Proposal to Allow Night Hunting of
Coyotes in North Carolina need your help. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is proposing new rules that would allow hunters to kill coyotes at night. This proposal is dangerous for animals and for people.
Currently coyotes can be killed in North Carolina year round in unlimited numbers- except that it must take place during daylight hours. The night hunting proposal would allow 24-hour hunting of coyotes with the use of artificial lights and hunting on Sundays on private land using archery equipment.
Proponents of the new rule want to expand recreational coyote killing. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has expressed concern over the proposed rule, arguing that it will further endanger the imperiled red wolf (Canis rufus)- the most endangered wolf species in the world that exists only in North Carolina.
It is estimated that fewer than 110 red wolves exist in the wild- and shooting is the number one cause of death. Even for an expert in daylight, it is difficult to distinguish red wolves from coyotes, much less for a non-expert at night. This proposal could have devastating impacts on the vulnerable red wolf population, as many more wolves will be killed by hunters who mistake them for coyotes.
Night hunting is also dangerous to hikers and campers who may be outdoors and mistaken for wildlife.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: The NCWRC is accepting public comments on the proposed rules until April 16. Please write to the Commission today to let them know that you oppose the rules allowing for night hunting of coyotes. Points to include in your letter (please personalize and use your own words):
To submit your comments:
NC Residents: please consider attending one of the following five public hearings and voicing your opposition (hearings begin at 7pm):
For more info.: http://www.ncwildlife.org/News/NewsArticle/tabid/416/IndexID/7806/Default.aspx
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