A recent federal court order prohibiting all coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf recovery region in northeastern North Carolina is now in effect. The next important step is a public comment period (beginning June 2 and ending June 23, 2014), which is required by law. During this time, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will accept comments on the proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the region. These temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of the federal court order.
Here's how to make your voice in support of red wolves heard:
- Email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Temporary Rules re Coyote Hunting” in the subject line. Simply say you support red wolves, and that you are in favor of the proposed temporary rules to prohibit coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf recovery region in northeastern North Carolina. Nothing more is necessary to register your comment in support of red wolves. It is important that you keep this registration of opinion simple, straightforward and positive. You do not need to include your mailing address or any other contact information with your email.
- Mail your comment to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701.
- Attend a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on June 19 in the auditorium of Columbia High School, 902 East Main Street, Columbia, NC. We expect that this meeting will be heavily attended by the highly vocal people opposed to ending coyote hunting in the five-county area.
- No matter which method you choose, please be sure that your comment reaches the NCWRC before the June 23, 2014 deadline!