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Groups seek red wolf protection from coyote hunt

RALEIGH, N.C. – Wildlife and environmental groups are asking a Wake County court to block a new rule allowing coyotes to be hunted at night with spotlights after the shooting death of a similar-looking but endangered red wolf.

The groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center and state attorneys for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission expect a hearing next week, when a judge could decide whether to freeze the statewide hunting rule that took effect in August.

About 100 red wolves live wild in a five-county region in northeast North Carolina, where scientists are trying to restore one of the two wolf breeds native to North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and red wolf groups are offering a reward of up to $8,000 for information that leads to the conviction of whoever killed a red wolf wearing a radio collar last month near Creswell in Tyrrell County, wildlife service red wolf recovery coordinator David Rabon said Wednesday.

Illegally killing a red wolf can be punished with up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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