Stop spotlight hunting of coyotes in red wolf area
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.
As someone who understands the importance of losing a species to extinction, I am urging you to immediately halt all coyote hunting - both daytime and nighttime - within the area designated for the recovery of the red wolves, one of the world's most endangered animals and as such, protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Red wolves and coyotes bare a striking resemblance in size, coats, and coloring. Red wolves are frequently mistaken for coyotes, even in the daytime; in the darkness of night it is nearly impossible to tell them apart. There are now fewer than 100 red wolves remaining in the wild. Each and every one is vital to the recovery of the species.
Every year North Carolina hunters kill 7-9 percent of the red wolves. This number will certainly rise with nighttime hunting and it is a loss the endangered red wolves cannot afford.
Allowing hunting in the only area where these wolves exist is both unnecessary and unconscionable: red wolves ARE protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Please bring an end to this and show the world that the great State of North Carolina takes the Endangered Species Act and extinction seriously.