The time for action is now

I am outraged that yet another endangered red wolf is dead. (See http://avl.mx/nh.) Not only is there no valid reason for the coyote hunt, but many of us tried to tell Executive Director Gordon Myers and the N.C. Wildlife Commission that the hunt put red wolves in danger. In a night hunt, it is next to impossible to tell the difference between the two. There were only about 100 red wolves left in the wild when this hunt started. Now there are four fewer.

Since the N.C. Wildlife Commission is clearly incapable of properly handling this situation, it’s time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs the Red Wolf Recovery program, to step in and take action.

Either people truly can’t tell the difference, or someone is intentionally killing an endangered species, knowing it’s illegal, and need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The time for action is now.

— Janet Hoben
Burbank, Calif.

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