Another red wolf was found dead of a gunshot wound January 18, 2013, north of the Town of Fairfield, in Tyrrell County, North Carolina.

Male red wolf (Photo: B. Bartel/USFWS)

A recent change of rules by the local Wildlife Commission to allow night hunting of coyotes is being blamed as red wolves are difficult to tell apart from coyotes, especially at night. With only some 100 red wolves living in the wild, each wolf killed represents 1% of the population. This latest death means that some 8% of the population have been shot in the last few months.


Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest or a criminal conviction for the suspected unlawful take of this red wolf may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500. Anyone with information on the death of this red wolf or any others, past or future, is urged to contact Special Agent Sandra Allred at (919) 856-4786, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at (252) 216-7504 or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at (252) 216-8225.

The red wolf is protected under The Endangered Species Act. The maximum criminal penalties for the unlawful taking of a red wolf are one year imprisonment and $100,000 fine per individual.