on May 23, 2014 01:07 PM • Views 3068
Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, in Raleigh to receive public comments on designating two species of moles as pests.

The eastern mole, Scalopus aquaticus, and hairy-tailed mole, Parascalops breweri, are under consideration for designation as pests. Status change under statute would allow the regulated use of pesticides to control these species in residential, recreational, commercial and government property, excluding federal and state parks.

The hearing will be held in the auditorium of the Centennial Campus Center of Wildlife Education, located 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh 27606, on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters.

Currently, landholders with mole problems must hire a licensed wildlife damage control agent or obtain a depredation permit to remove eastern moles and hairy-tailed moles from their property. The N.C. Pesticide Board recently made a declaration of these moles as pests and established regulatory guidelines for removal. The hearing is to receive comments as to whether the Wildlife Commission should concur.

The star-nosed mole, found largely in the mountains and the coastal plain regions, is protected as a species of special concern in North Carolina.

For more information, contact the Wildlife Commission at 919-707-0050.