Agreement Helps Protect Red Wolves

Red wolf, Photo: Steve Hillebrand / USFWS

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has approved a settlement agreement between Defenders of Wildlife and our fellow conservation nonprofits and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to address shootings of the world’s only wild population of 100 red wolves. Gunshot is the leading cause of death for the endangered red wolves, which live exclusively in a five-county area in eastern North Carolina and are frequently mistaken for coyotes that are hunted in the area.

The agreement includes significant steps to protect endangered red wolves within the five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area, including banning coyote hunting by spotlight at night and requiring for the first time permitting and reporting for coyote hunting during the day.