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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has sanctioned the UNLIMITED night hunting of coyotes in North Carolina.  So while a hungry coyote is vulnerable and seeking its next meal, a hunter is allowed to take advantage, to use lights and other mechanisms to kill them.  For food?  No, for sport. 

Called "varmints" by hunters, these amazing creatures are part of the natural ecosystem of wildlife and provide a natural balance of predator and prey in our forests. Almost driven to extinction, human encroachment is the coyotes biggest threat.  And while, yes, some livestock may be sacrificed, it is humans invading their territory which has created this threat.  Respect for these creatures may indeed require some sacrifice, but not the annihilation of their species.

Night hunting creates an absolute and distinct DISADVANTAGE for the coyote.  Please sign this petition to stop the night hunting of coyotes in North Carolina. 

The Red Wolf Coalation has been monitoring the changes to these hunting rules and carries the following information on their website:

The NCWRC recently approved permanent rule changes that will allow unlimited night hunting of coyotes in all North Carolina counties. Following the prescribed public comment period, the state's Rules Review Commission reviewed the permanent rule changes and approved them. As per required procedure, the RWC and members of the public then filed more than ten letters of objection with the RRC. These filings, by law, were supposed to delay the implementation of the permanent rule change until the next North Carolina legislative session, which is scheduled for January 2013.

Letter to
Gordon Myers, Executive Director North Carolina Wild Life Resources Commissions
Chief Deputy Director North Carolina Wild Life Resources Commissions
Deputy Director North Carolina Wild Life Resources Commissions
and 6 others
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate
President of the United States
North Carolina Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: North Carolina Wild Life Resources Commissions.

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STOP THE KILLING OF COYOTES

The NCWRC recently approved permanent rule changes that will allow unlimited night hunting of coyotes in all North Carolina counties. Following the prescribed public comment period, the state's Rules Review Commission reviewed the permanent rule changes and approved them. As per required procedure, the RWC and members of the public then filed more than ten letters of objection with the RRC. These filings, by law, were supposed to delay the implementation of the permanent rule change until the next North Carolina legislative session, which is scheduled for January 2013.

The RWC also learned that these temporary rules were internally adopted by the NCWRC on July 12, 2012 and filed with the RRC on July 13, 2012. The new rules were adopted without public notice, without opportunity for public comment and without a public hearing. The NCWRC claims it was not required to fulfill North Carolina's strict public notice laws because the temporary rules are identical to the permanent rules.

The RWC encourages red wolf advocates everywhere to voice their concerns about these actions by calling the NCWRC at 919-707-0010 or by contacting Gordon Myers, NCWRC Director, and/or Chairman David W. Hoyle, Jr.

http://www.ncwildlife.org/About/Commissioners.aspx
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Sincerely,