The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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June 3, 2014

Public Hearing Set for Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing 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. June 19 in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street, Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

The comment period is June 2-23. Comments can be emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. For more information on Wildlife Commission temporary rulemaking, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

The temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a recent 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.

The court order stems from a lawsuit in which the Wildlife Commission is alleged to have violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing coyote hunting in those counties where an experimental reintroduction of the red wolf is occurring. The Wildlife Commission has requested an immediate programmatic evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to examine the feasibility of accomplishing the goals of its nonessential experimental red wolf reintroduction.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

 

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