Rob Rowe: Ban coyote hunting

November 25, 2013 

I was very disturbed that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved a permanent regulation in July that allowed the hunting of coyotes in counties known to host the world’s last wild populations of red wolves. This decision has now led to the fatal shooting of a sixth red wolf this month, according to your Nov. 22 N&O article, bringing the total to 14 this year and leaving fewer than 100 left in the wild.

I’d like to believe that the hunters mistook the red wolves for coyotes, but the fact remains that red wolves are on the brink of extinction and must be protected. It is critical that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reverse this regulation and once again make it illegal for spotlight hunting of coyotes to protect the few red wolves we have left.

Rob Rowe


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