on Aug 24, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 6142

Magnetic fishing is part of the fun.

Media Contact: Brooke Senter, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly and fun presence at the 2011 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 9–18. 

This year’s exhibit shows the important role the Wildlife Resources Commission and its constituents play in conservation, education and recreation, with a theme of “Wildlife Science for a Better Future.”

“One of the things we want to focus on is how hunters and anglers support the science that leads to hunting, trapping and inland fishing regulations,” said Brooke Senter, Visitor Services Coordinator for the nearby Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. “Of course, the other thing we want to focus on is how much fun there is in experiencing the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and the many opportunities for involvement available through Wildlife Resources Commission programs.”

A farm pond and field habitat display, with an interactive laser shot target range and magnetic fishing, ties in with the Mountain State Fair theme of “Farm Fresh Fun.” Other kid-friendly displays at the exhibit include a mobile aquarium filled with aquatic life and the popular, hands-on “Sensory Safari” with pelts, taxidermy specimens and animal bones.

Wildlife Resources Commission biologists, educators and law enforcement officers will be on hand, to answer questions or just share information.

The Wildlife Resources Commission exhibit will be open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Displays include life-sized fish species models and a tree stand safety demonstration.