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Public Comments accepted thru June 23: Red Wolf area Coyote hunting rules

From NC Wildlife Resources Commission:

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The comment period is June 2-23. Comments can be emailed to [masked] or mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. For more information on Wildlife Commission temporary rulemaking, go to

Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers recently sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where the Wildlife Commission requested the USFWS conduct a programmatic evaluation of its red wolf reintroduction in northeastern North Carolina to determine whether the experimental red wolf reintroduction is capable of meeting the goals and objectives established for the project. The letter also informed the USFWS that the Wildlife Commission will not authorize sterilization and release of coyotes in the region due to potential for impacts to private landowners and native wildlife. Read the letter (PDF).

The temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a recent federal court order that prohibits taking of coyotes in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties, day or night, except under extremely limited circumstances. The prohibition is already in effect.

The court order stems from a lawsuit in which the Wildlife Commission is alleged to have violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing coyote hunting in those counties where an experimental reintroduction of the red wolf is occurring. The Wildlife Commission has requested an immediate programmatic evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to examine the feasibility of accomplishing the goals of its nonessential experimental red wolf reintroduction.

Read the federal court order (PDF).

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