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Groups seek red wolf protection from coyote hunt

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 25 2012 06:14:59 AM CDT
RALEIGH -

(AP) - Wildlife and environmental groups are asking a North Carolina 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 expect to face state attorneys representing the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at a hearing next week where a judge could decide whether to freeze the statewide hunting rule that took effect in August.
    
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered a reward after a red wolf wearing a radio collar was shot to death last month near Creswell in Tyrrell County.
    
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,