Target: Attorney Sierra Weaver, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)
Goal: Congratulate attorneys for successfully protecting endangered wolves
North Carolina is the only state that contains a native red wolf population. There are only about 100 of these rare animals left in the wild, yet in the past six years nearly 50 red wolves have been killed by gunshot wounds. Thankfully, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has succeeded in getting an injunction that will prevent hunting. Congratulate the SELC for preventing more needless deaths.
Due to years of hunting, predator control programs, and habitat loss and degradation, the once populous red wolf actually went extinct in the wild in the 1980s, but thankfully, captive red wolves were used to reestablish a wild population in the wolves’ natural habitat in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the courts eventually allowed the hunting of coyotes in these habitats. Coyotes and red wolves are very similar in appearance and many people hunting coyotes have accidentally killed endangered red wolves. To put a stop to such deaths the SELC, in conjunction with animal rights groups the Animal Welfare Institute, the Red Wolf Coalition, and Defenders of Wildlife, sued to halt coyote hunting in red wolf habitats.
The SELC fought the law, and the SELC won. A federal court recently served an injunction that will put a halt to coyote hunting in North Carolina’s Red Wolf Recovery habitats. Judge Terrence W. Boyle issued this statement: “By authorizing coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf recovery area, and in particular by authorizing coyote hunting during all seasons and at any time day or night, the Commission has increased the likelihood that a red wolf will be shot, or that a breeding pair will be dismantled or a placeholder coyote killed.”
Please sign the petition below to let attorney Sierra Weaver of the SELC know that you appreciate the work she has done to save red wolves from being shot to death, allowing them to live and thrive in the North Carolina wilderness.
Dear Ms. Weaver,
I was thrilled to read that the Southern Environmental Law Center recently sued to get an injunction against coyote hunting in North Carolina’s Red Wolf Recovery habitats. As you know, there are only about 100 red wolves left in the wild today. Unfortunately, red wolves are similar in appearance to coyotes and in the past several years an estimated 50 red wolves have been mistakenly killed by hunters who thought they were legally gunning down coyotes. Without legal intervention, these mistaken deaths would have continued, eventually sending the red wolf back into extinction.
Thanks to your work, however, people can no longer legally hunt coyotes in North Carolina’s Red Wolf Recovery habitats. Your work will prevent needless red wolf deaths and will allow red wolves to thrive in the wild. Thank you for everything you have done to help these beautiful animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Hillebrand Steve via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Wikimedia Commons
Original petition: Protect Endangered Red Wolves by Allison Rigney