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By NCWRC blogger on 6/18/2014 9:07 AM
  COLUMBIA, N.C. (June 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing this Thursday, June 19, to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street in Columbia (Tyrrell Co.).

The temporary rules fulfill the requirements of a federal court order that prohibits taking of coyotes in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties, day or night, except under extremely limited circumstances. The prohibition is already in effect.

Learn more from our news release about Thursday’s hearing.

Read the federal court order (PDF)....
By NCWRC blogger on 6/11/2014 1:13 PM


Why Does the Wildlife Commission Conduct Prescribed Burns?

The Wildlife Commission conducts prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat. In North Carolina, prescribed burning most commonly is conducted between January and March, when most trees are less active metabolically. However, winter burns do not completely kill young hardwoods, and they promote resprouting from the base of each plant’s stem. Therefore, repeated burns conducted during the growing season (spring) eventually kill hardwood stems, allowing a diversity of grasses, herbs, and wildflowers to develop. These herbaceous plants typically are more valuable to wildlife than the hardwood sprouts.

Why does the Wildlife Commission Conduct Prescribed Burns during Hunting Season (spring)?

We are often asked why we conduct prescribed burns when we do, particularly during hunting season, and in the early spring when ground nesting...
By NCWRC blogger on 6/10/2014 9:03 AM


[Editor’s Note: Linda Chamblee of Raleigh sent us this story and photo about a seemingly abandoned fawn being rescued at Shelley Lake Park in north Raleigh. Keep reading to see who actually “rescued” the fawn, and to learn what you should do if you come across a lone fawn in the wild.]

I spotted this fawn on the evening of June 1 at Shelley Lake in Raleigh, only six feet off the path hidden in the leaves and trees. People kept walking by, but nobody saw the fawn. I brought my husband back, and he said it was only days old and that the mother had left it there to go eat and she would be back.

I was so worried about the fawn, I went back down to the lake the next morning...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/20/2014 9:32 AM
[Editor’s Note:Since the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission started its Facebook page in January 2012, our “What Is It Wednesday?” feature has been a popular weekly feature — sometimes even generating more Likes, Shares and Comments than all other combined FB posts during the same week. Eventually, we knew that we’d come across a WIIW post for which no definitive answer could be provided — even by Wildlife Commission staff. That day is upon us. Read on for the back story of the bear/rabbit/sabre tooth tiger/Yeti track in the snow, and a summary of an informal conversation among four WRC Wildlife Biologists as they hypothesized what the enlarged/distorted track in melting snow might be.]

Message and Photo Sent to WRC FB Page

“I live in the Davidson County part of Clemmons, NC (on the Yadkin River). I found this...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/18/2014 3:22 PM
By Mark Knelson, Guest Blogger

I found these (deer hunting) seminars to be both extremely instructional and very interesting. While no one in my family in recent years had hunted I had some interest and these seminars proved to be the perfect opportunity to allow me to pursue this exciting sport. I was lucky enough to discuss these seminars with one of my buddies at work who is a long-time hunter having hunted with his father for years and now teaching his son.

He agreed to act as a mentor with the understanding that there was much more to hunting than simply going out and shooting an animal.Obviously, I completely agree and was able to enjoy the tract that has been in his families’ hands for many years north of Greensboro. We also built a very nice stand, reviewed images from game cameras, put out corn and salt and walked...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/7/2014 8:07 AM
Little Washington is the place to be this coming weekend as the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships gets underway, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. with a special preview event and oyster roast. Tickets for this event are $40 per person, and include admittance to the entire festival, which opens to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Tickets the weekend are $12.

During the special preview on Friday night, festival organizers will unveil the portrait that will become the 2014 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp.

Along with more than 75 other vendors and exhibitors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a booth at the festival, in the sportsman tent, located in front of the North Carolina Estuarium at 223...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/5/2014 3:58 PM
This is reprinted from a news release dated July 10, 2008.

 RALEIGH, N.C. (July 10, 2008) – As a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, he helped bolster populations of game animals across the state, from raccoons, to wild turkeys to waterfowl. But it wasn’t until he agreed to take on a fledgling program dedicated to the conservation of nongame wildlife — animals without an open season — that Randall C. Wilson found his true calling.

The dedication and tenacity that he put in to growing the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program from a staff of four in 1988 to more than 25 biologists 20 years later, and the conservation achievements that resulted, have earned Wilson the Commission’s most prestigious honor, the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

Wilson was presented with the award...
By NCWRC blogger on 10/31/2013 10:56 AM


Written by: Brad Howard

Have you seen this picture in an email or on Facebook lately?  We have! This photo has been passed around to numerous folks over the last month with claims that it has been taken in various locations across North Carolina. 

More recently, some attention was given to a few reports of “a black panther” in Stokes County. There were no photographs or other verifiable evidence to support those reports. While very rare, jaguars, leopards, the jaguarundi and even bobcats can have black coats but there has never been a documented occurrence of a melanistic phase (black) cougar in North America.

So, any report of a “black panther” or a “large black cat” is most likely mistaken identity since only the above-mentioned cats have a black phase and only one of those cats is native,...
By NCWRC blogger on 8/15/2013 11:55 AM
 By:  Al Kittredge

The August Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Day was held on Aug. 14 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, which is located on the west side of Fayetteville.

The turnout was a little sparse yesterday with about 35 or so people in attendance. The Commission and volunteers have been doing these events for the past five or six years on the second Wednesday of each month to show their appreciation to those who stand in harm’s way so the rest of us can live in this great country.

We’ve found that soldiers who suffer the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) enjoy the challenge of fly tying,which is offered at the beginning of the event.

A lot of kids were in attendance although those numbers are expected to taper once school...
By NCWRC blogger on 8/12/2013 8:02 AM
By: Matthew Godfrey, Biologist, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Sea Turtle Project  

The normal sea turtle nesting season in North Carolina runs from May through August and loggerhead sea turtles continue to visit sandy oceanside beaches to lay their eggs. So far this year, 1085 loggerhead nests have been observed and protected by citizen volunteers and cooperators from private,local, state and federal organizations, as part of the N.C. Sea Turtle Project, coordinated by biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

There also have been almost two dozen nests laid by green turtles and one leatherback nest laid in Fort Fisher Recreation Area, which is located in New Hanover County. While the nesting season is close to being over, the hatching season is kicking into high gear. Sea turtle eggs need 50-60 days to incubate in the sand, before small hatchling sea turtles are produced and hatch out of the approximately 120 eggs in each sea turtle nest. The hatchlings dig together up through the sand and emerge on the beach surface in a large group, usually only at night, and scurry to the ocean to begin their journey around the North Atlantic.

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