Fewer than 100 red wolves are left

Thank you for posting the Nov. 16 Blogwire, “Reward Offered for Information Related to Fourth Red Wolf Death.” (See http://avl.mx/nh.)

I fail to see the wisdom of continuing the night hunting of coyotes using spotlights that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has allowed since August. Since then, four protected red wolves have been shot.

Red wolves and coyotes are so similar in size, coat and coloring, it is hard to tell them apart, even in daylight. At night, it is almost impossible to tell them apart, even with spotlights. Every year, about 7-9 percent of red wolves are accidentally shot by North Carolina hunters. This number will probably increase with night hunting.

Let's stop all coyote hunting in the five counties in northeast North Carolina, where the remaining 100 red wolves in the world live wild.

— Karen Uyeno
El Cajon, Calif.

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