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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved temporary rules that will allow conditional daytime coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area by individuals issued an authorizing permit.

Wildlife Commissioners also approved the designation of the red wolf (Canis rufus) as a state-listed threatened species under temporary rules. The process for permanent rules for a state-listing as a threatened species and conditional hunting of coyotes is ongoing.

The action results from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The suit alleged the Wildlife Commission violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing coyote hunting in Dare, Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties where an experimental reintroduction of red wolves by the U.S. Fish and Wildli


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GATESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Feb. 16, in Gatesville to seek input in developing a management plan for the Chowan Swamp Game Land located in Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties and Chowan Game Land located Chowan County.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., and will be held at Merchant’s Millpond State Park Visitors Center, 176 Millpond Road (GPS coordinates: 36.437105, -76.701585).

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Chowan Swamp Game Land and Chowan Game Land for the next 10 years.  Chowan Swamp Game Land encompasses more than 30,000 acres along the Chowan River. Chowan Game Land encompasses 30 acres next to U.S. 17 and Pembroke Creek.

“We are seeking input from all users of the Chowan and Chowan Swamp game lands and others who are interested in how the property is managed,”


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WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting Feb. 18 to seek input in developing a management plan for Goose Creek Game Land located in Beaufort and Pamlico counties.

The meeting, which is scheduled for 7-9 p.m., will be held at the Washington Fire-EMS Station 2, located at 2064 W 15th Street, in Washington.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Goose Creek Game Land for the next 10 years. Goose Creek Game Land is adjacent to the Pamlico River and encompasses more than 7,000 acres.

“We are seeking input from all users of the Goose Creek Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and anglers. It is for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding groups, hikers, and others who have interest in Goose Creek


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Feb. 19 to take comments on adopting into its rules an amended no-wake zone requested by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and creating a new no-wake zone on Lake Wylie.

The hearing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission originally had requested the Wildlife Commission establish a no-wake zone west of Sadler Island. After multiple site visits, Wildlife Commission enforcement officers determined that there were significant safety issues between kayakers and motorboat operators to warrant the addition of no-wake zones both on the west and east sides of Sadler Island. The Wildlife Commission also proposes shortening the length of the original no-wake zone requested by the Lake Wylie Commission.

Wildlife Com


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting two prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Two locations:

·         143 acres on the Sandhills Game land in Moore County

·         1,950-acre burn, started yesterday jointly, with the U.S. Forest Service, continues today, 5 miles northeast of Marion

 

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 29, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of its 10th annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition.

Neil Jernigan, of Snow Hill, won the grand prize for his image of a great egret wading in a canal at Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge on the coastal plain. A past winner in the Youth 13-17 category in 2008, Jernigan is both an active outdoorsman and photographer. The 23-year-old graduate of Lenoir Community College received $200 and a high quality color printout of his image, which was featured on the cover of the January-February issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

Jernigan captured the image of the egret while scouting locations on Lake Mattamuskeet for a photography workshop.

“When we pulled up, I saw the egret about 100 yards away and I saw the reflection,” Jernigan said. “I switched from evaluative to spot metering and metered off the white fea


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MORGANTON, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Feb. 16 in Morganton to seek input on developing a management plan for six state-owned tracts on the Commission’s Pisgah Game Land in western North Carolina.

The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling Street.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the Black Bear (McDowell County), Linville River (Burke County), Little Table Rock Mountain/Rose Creek (Avery and Mitchell counties), Lutz (Caldwell County) and Roaring Creek (Avery County) tracts for the next 10 years. 

The six tracts are mostly forested and populated with game species including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, ruffed grouse and trout. In addition to hunting and fishing, hiking is a popular activity on these properties.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting three prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         2 tracts on Sandhills Game land in Richmond (111 acres and 247 acres)

·         83 acres in Juniper Creek Game Land in Onslow Co.

·         78 acres Stones Creek Game Land in Brunswick Co.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 28, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363




RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting three prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         2 tracts on Sandhills Game land in Richmond (111 acres and 247 acres)

·         83 acres in Juniper Creek Game Land in Onslow Co.

·         78 acres Stones Creek Game Land in Brunswick Co.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 28, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


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Raleigh, N.C. (January 27, 2015) Download the January 29th commission meeting agenda package below.

January 29, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 18 MB)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County.

WHERE: 400 acres on Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 27, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363




Raleigh, N.C. (January 26, 2015) - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing in January to receive comments on rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina and the designation of the red wolf as a state listed threatened species.

The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. on these dates and locations:
Feb. 3 at the Columbia High School auditorium, 902 East Main Street, Columbia.
Feb. 17 at Wildlife Commission headquarters auditorium, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

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