SCI Files Brief to Support Continued Coyote Hunting in Northeastern North Carolina
SCI filed a motion and amicus brief in support of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s continued ability to allow coyote hunting in the recovery area of the red wolf. The red wolf is classified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an experimental, nonessential (“ENE”) species under the Endangered Species Act. Three wolf groups sued in federal court claiming the Commission’s authorization of coyote hunting was responsible for alleged illegal “takes” (harming or killing) of the red wolf. The groups seek an end to coyote hunting in five counties in northeastern North Carolina. SCI is participating in the case to defend the state’s ability to authorize coyote hunting and to ensure that this case does not lead to other hunting closures in the vicinity of ENEs. SCI will attend the hearing on a request to immediately end coyote hunting, to be held on February 11, 2014 in Raleigh. Kieran Shanahan and John Branch, of Shanahan Law Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, are assisting SCI in this litigation.