Stop spotlight hunting of coyotes in red wolf area
  • Petitioned North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

This petition was delivered to:

Gordon Myers, Executive Director
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Stop spotlight hunting of coyotes in red wolf area

    1. Petition by

      Cheryl Morris

      Florence, AL

Fewer than 100 red wolves remain in the wild! The spotlight hunting of coyotes in the North Carolina red wolf area must stop immediately!

   In today's world a country is judged not only by how it treats its citizens, but by how it treats those without a voice - its animals, both domestic and wild. Yet in this day and age when we fully understand the importance, and consequences, of losing a species to extinction, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has approved nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes throughout the state: a ruling which INCLUDES the area inhabited by the ONLY wild population of red wolves - one of the world's most endangered animals.

   Red wolves and coyotes bare a striking resemblance, making it difficult to tell them apart even in the daytime; during the nighttime hours this task is nearly impossible. To pass a ruling that permits hunting, especially during the hours of darkness, in the only area this endangered animal inhabits is thoughtless and unconscionable, and has already resulted in three red wolves being illegally shot and killed. This is unacceptable given the few that remain, and the legal protection they have under the federal Endangered Species Act.

   It is up to us. We must make North Carolina understand that we will not tolerate their irresponsible and incomprehensible position on endangered animals, and that the world will hold them accountable for each and every red wolf lost.

   Please sign this petition to save the red wolves. We are their last hope.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Today's (Nov. 13) hearing postponed until Thursday (Nov. 15)

      Cheryl Morris
      Petition Organizer

      The hearing scheduled for today has been postponed. We only have until Thursday to make our voices heard. Spread the word. Help save the world's red wolves!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Felicia Cousineau NORTH BAY, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      People need to stop being stupid. Seriously.

    • Diane Sbardellati NUEVO, UNITED STATES
      • 4 months ago

      Spotlight hunting is cruel and unsportsmanlike. Most shooters can't tell the difference between coyotes, red wolves or domestic dogs. North Carolina Wildlife Resources - do your job to protect wildlife, not kill unique and unreplacable

    • Amber Walker ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Red Wolves are a beautiful animal. Like all animals, they deserve to be protected. They are a keystone species, so helping red wolves also helps the eco-system.

    • Greg Hamby KITTY HAWK, NC
      • 6 months ago

      the restoration work is being diminished by mistaken identity

    • David Palmieri DURHAM, NC
      • 6 months ago

      environmental protection


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