Lawsuit: Ban coyote hunting to stop red wolf shootings

[On a related note, we need to ban contest hunts on coyotes if we want to keep wolves safe from being targeted by that backwards, barbaric pastime…]

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/16/4549879/lawsuit-ban-coyote-hunting-to.html#.UrCQSbCA1y0

Story by Bruce Henderson
bhenderson@charlotteobserver.comRed-wolf-and-pups-240x300

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Three conservation groups asked a federal court Monday to stop coyote hunting in five coastal N.C. counties, saying the practice is killing lookalike red wolves.

Five of the endangered wolves have been shot since mid-October, and only the cut-off radio collar of a sixth animal has been found. Rewards totaling $26,000 have been offered for information on the shootings.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission allows an open hunting season on coyotes, which have spread across the state in recent decades. Young red wolves look very much like coyotes.

The motion filed Monday asks that a U.S. District Court judge stop coyote hunting in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort counties. Those counties include the 1.7 million acres where about 100 red wolves run wild on the Albemarle Peninsula.

Filed on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute, it says the practice allows the illegal taking of endangered wolves that are protected by federal law.

The Wildlife Resources Commission had no immediate response, spokesman Geoff Cantrell said.

The commission said in a statement last month that its coyote hunting rules are “in the best interest of the public, the environment and the agricultural community.” It denied breaking federal law.

So far this year, 14 red wolves are known to have died. Eight gunshot deaths were confirmed and two more suspected. Killing red wolves is punishable by up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents the conservation groups, argues that wolves mistakenly shot as coyotes are hurting the breeding success of the recovery program. Eleven breeding pairs of wolves are now down to eight, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said.

Five shooters in the past two years have said they mistakenly killed wolves they thought were coyotes, the law center said.

Research shows that breaking up established pairs increases the odds that succeeding litters will be wolf-coyote hybrids, pairings that federal biologists go to great lengths to prevent.

In 2012 the Wildlife Resources Commission expanded coyote hunting by allowing shooters to spotlight coyotes, blinding them, and shooting them at night.

With that, said the injunction motion, the problem of telling young wolves and coyotes apart “becomes virtually impossible at night.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/16/4549879/lawsuit-ban-coyote-hunting-to.html#storylink=cpy

5 thoughts on “Lawsuit: Ban coyote hunting to stop red wolf shootings

  1. Hi Jim, I have a BAD BILL ALERT for you, a lot of information, hoping that the comment gets moderated so you can weed through it. BUT this is really important and it popped up yesterday. Got it posted on care2 but short notice and goes in for vote TOMORROW 12-19. Grabbing info”

    Tester’s forest bill to get committee vote
    1.
    LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY
    http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/testers-forest-bill-to-get-committee-vote/-/14594602/23512994/-/10t4jriz/-/index.html
    ( A bill by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to expand wilderness and mandate more logging on Montana federal lands will receive its first vote Thursday, more than four years after it was introduced)

    2.
    S.37 – Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2013
    A bill to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation, and for other purposes

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s37-113/show

    OPPOSE THIS!!

    S.37 Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2013, 113th Congress

    Sponsor: Jon Tester

    http://www.opencongress.org/contact_congress_letters/new?bill=s37-113&position=oppose

    3.

    Detailed Analysis of S. 1470 << OLD NAME OF BILL WAS S 1470
    December 8, 2009
    http://testerloggingbilltruths.wordpress.com/

    4.
    What’s your position on S. 37?
    https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/s37

    S. 37: Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2013

    Summary: A bill to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation, and for other purposes

    OPPOSE PLEASE!

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