North Carolina’s Red Wolf: in the Spotlight and in Peril

The red wolf is a normally a secretive animal that avoids humans, waiting for nightfall to hunt and socialize.  But in North Carolina, these endangered creatures can no longer find safety under the cover of darkness.  The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently approved a temporary rule allowing night hunting of coyotes with spotlights, putting the rare wolves at risk of being accidentally shot.

Defenders of Wildlife, along with the Animal Welfare Institute and the Red Wolf Coalition, has filed a court challenge against the NC Wildlife Resource Commission and a request to stop this rule.  Not only does the rule threaten an endangered species, but the NC Wildlife Resource Commission also adopted it illegally, via a temporary rulemaking procedure that violates state law.

There are only about 100 red wolves left in the wild, and they’re all living in North Carolina, their natural habitat. This is the first successful reintroduction of red wolves into the wild, and they need help.

Please help spread the word and consider donating to Defenders of Wildlife.

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