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NC Conundrum: Opening Coyote Season May Endanger Red Wolves

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission has a problem, says the highly respected Scientific American magazine. The state wants to expand the legality of daylight shooting of coyotes to allow night shooting as well—no permit required; no bag limit.

Although night hunting of coyotes is permitted in many states, North Carolina is unique in that the state harbors and protects the world’s only wild population of federally-listed red wolves. The fear is that juvenile red wolves may be at risk of being mistaken for coyotes and shot. Some conservationists claim that the red wolf is the most imperiled canid in the world.

The Scientific American article, written by T. DeLene Beeland, reviews characteristics of both species comprehensively. Click to see.

Posted April 7, 2012