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N.C. Wildlife Update News Alert - June 17, 2014

Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

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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