Night Hunting of Coyotes in North Carolina to Begin on August 1, 2012
The Red Wolf Coalition (RWC) has learned that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCRWC) will implement temporary rules in order to allow night hunting of coyotes throughout the state, effective August 1, 2012. This information has been confirmed by the Rules Review Commission (RRC) attorney in a phone conversation with RWC Executive Director Kim Wheeler.
The NCWRC recently approved permanent rule changes that will allow unlimited night hunting of coyotes in all North Carolina counties. Following the prescribed public comment period, the state's Rules Review Commission reviewed the permanent rule changes and approved them. As per required procedure, the RWC and members of the public then filed more than ten letters of objection with the RRC. These filings, by law, were supposed to delay the implementation of the permanent rule change until the next North Carolina legislative session, which is scheduled for January 2013.
However, on Thursday, July 19, 2012, the Red Wolf Coalition learned that the NCWRC adopted temporary rule changes at its July 12, 2012 meeting and immediately submitted them for RRC review. The RRC approved those temporary rules at its July 19, 2012 meeting.
These new "temporary" rules are the same rules that were previously approved as "permanent" rules. In short, because the objection letters delayed the effective date of the permanent rules, the NCWRC apparently asked the RRC to approve the permanent rules as temporary rulesrules that, despite the formal objections filed by RWC and members of the public, will go into effect on August 1, 2012 and will do so without the required legislative review.
What You Can Do
The Red Wolf Coalition has worked diligently to establish and maintain a respectful dialogue with the NCWRC and to search for common ground. Red wolf supporters and citizens concerned about public safety issues regarding night hunting followed correct procedures to record their objections. The Red Wolf Coalition is deeply disappointed to learn of these latest developments. We are asking all RWC members and other red wolf advocates to contact the Commission members and outline their concerns. More information about this issue, as well as contact information for the Commission, is found here.
As always, thank you for your support of red wolves and red wolf habitat. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions or comments about this information.