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Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

Jun 18

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COLUMBIA, N.C. (June 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing this Thursday, June 19, to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street in Columbia (Tyrrell Co.).

The temporary rules fulfill the requirements of a 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.

Learn more from our news release about Thursday’s hearing.

Read the federal court order (PDF).

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).

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Re: Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

This thread will give you some good insight into the Red Wolf/coyote issue we face in eastern NC:

If the link does not work, just google Red Wolf Restoration Scandal.

By Jett Ferebee on   6/19/2014 4:53 AM

Re: Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

I would like to thank the NCWRC for their work in trying to rectify this situation and restore our ability to control invasive predators, as well as hopefully bringing to light the waste of time and taxpayer money that the red wolf restoration program has been from the start. The very goal of introducing a "wild" population of an animal which has already proven to cross breed itself out of existence is an asinine endeavor. We need to expose this project for what it is, a failure of oversight that has already caused harm to our area that we may not be able to reverse.

By Chad Elliott on   6/19/2014 1:05 PM

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