NC wildlife board asks feds to end red wolf reintroduction program, take them off private land

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Wildlife officials are asking the federal government to end three decades of efforts to reintroduce the endangered red wolf to the wild in eastern North Carolina.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said Friday in a news release it has adopted resolutions asking federal officials to end the 1987 program that put the wolves back into the wild. A second resolution asks the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to remove red wolves from private land in the state.

The move comes as federal officials consider reviewing the red wolf program and whether it should continue.

The state board also approved rules on Thursday restricting coyote hunting after a lawsuit aimed at protecting the similar-looking wolves.

About 100 of the wolves now roam five eastern North Carolina counties.

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