Rank (0) Views 2498 On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 9:42 AM, 765 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 25) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in daylight, or in urban and suburban settings, are not necessarily rabid or dangerous.

In addition, residents can take action to avoid conflict with these common animals.

Simply seeing a fox is not typically a cause for alarm. In most cases, people who merely see a fox do not need to take any action. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups. Feeding them will habituate them to people — and may lead to aggression.

Action might be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people. In those cases, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal fireworks, to chase foxes from yards and neighborhoods. Be aggressive and repeat these actions if


Rank (0) Views 5925 On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 9:55 AM, 768 days ago



HARRELSVILLE, N.C. (June 22, 2012) — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission made an exciting discovery last month after finding a rare minnow in the Deep Swamp Branch in Hertford County.

The discovery on May 1 by Tyler Black, a fisheries biologist, and Michael Young, a fisheries technician, marks the first time the bridle shiner has been found in the Chowan River basin in North Carolina. The tiny minnow, which rarely exceeds two inches, was last seen in a section of the Chowan River basin in Virginia in the late 1960s. Until last month, the bridle shiner was thought to be extirpated from the Chowan River.

Black and Young found the shiner while sampling for another rare aquatic animal, the Chowanoke crayfish. Although they weren’t looking for shiners specifically, they recognized the lone fish immediately by its distinctive black band, which runs from the tip of its snout down the length of its body. They knew that finding it was an extraordin


Rank (0) Views 7025 On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 9:17 AM, 770 days ago



WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking information from the public to assist in an investigation about the deaths of three elk, found outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County.

All three elk are believed to have died as the result of gunshot wounds inflicted sometime around May 18. Forensic tests show a bull elk was mortally wounded by a .22 caliber firearm; a cow elk was shot in the neck with birdshot from a shotgun; while an undetermined gunshot led to the death of a pregnant cow elk.

Anyone with any information is asked to call toll-free 1-800-662-7137, available 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park began an experimental reintroduction of elk in February 2001 and there are now nearly 150 animals. Originally found throughout the southern Appalachians, elk had disappeared from North Carolina by the early 1800s. Elk are listed as a




BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. (June 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with the Town of Beech Mountain to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on Coffey Lake.

Commission staff worked alongside Beech Mountain staff to install the floating, T-shaped pier, which features an 8-foot-wide, ADA-compliant walkway as well as three benches and alternating high-low handrails to accommodate children and wheelchair-bound anglers. The pier extends 59 feet into the lake and spans 48 feet across the top of the T.

A wooden boardwalk that extends from the paved walking trail adjacent to Coffey Lake to the pier also is universally accessible.

To help celebrate the opening of the pier, Coffey Lake is planning a kids’ fishing event for kids 12 and under on June 23 beginning at 9:00 a.m. No fee and no registration are required.

Unlike many other cooperatively managed sites, Coffey Lake will not receive monthly stockings of channel catfish. Ins


Rank (0) Views 3971 On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 7:11 AM, 771 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 19, 2012) — “Redheads in Needlerush,” the 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 2.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

The acrylic artwork depicting a pair of brilliantly colored redhead ducks was painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. “Redheads in Needlerush” marks the second year in a row Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He took top honors last year with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture. He placed second in the 2010 contest with his portrayal of snow geese.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the


Rank (0) Views 4123 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:24 AM, 772 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be reaching out to as many people as possible this weekend about the hazards of boating while impaired as part of Operation Dry Water 2012.

The annual nationwide campaign will have law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In North Carolina, penalties upon conviction include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and operating while impaired was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

“We intend to reach out to as many people as possible about the hazards of boating while impaired,” said Sgt. Jeremy Harrill, a wildlif


Rank (0) Views 7254 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 7:25 AM, 772 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — July 4 is your one chance a year to get hooked on fishing — for free! From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required to fish on July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides free access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. A list of more than 500 fishing areas open to the public is on the Comm


Rank (0) Views 4649 On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 3:43 PM, 774 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (June 15, 2012) — For people who are interested in learning more about snakes native to North Carolina, space is available still for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop, which is being conducted on June 29 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.

 

The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with classroom presentations on snake conservation, biology and habitats in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon to search for snakes.

Among the species participants might find during the afternoon are Eastern kingsnakes, southeastern crowned snakes, black racers, redbelly water snakes, banded water snakes, corn snakes, and, with a little luck, the secretive and rarely encountered mud snake.

The workshop is open to anyone 16 years and older and is limited to 20 registrants. It qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental


Rank (0) Views 2619 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 4:11 PM, 776 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on June 18 and 19 to begin repairs on the fishing pier. 

The fishing area will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 20; however, Commission personnel will close the area again sometime during the week of June 25 to finish repairs to the pier. The agency will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve & Protect blog and a follow up news release the exact days the pier will close and reopen that week. 

Over the past year, the Commission closed the public fishing area twice in order to repair the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents. In an effort to prevent similar damage and associated repairs in the future, large pilings will be placed along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events.

“We know that the Bells


Rank (0) Views 2284 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 1:24 PM, 777 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close access to the public fishing area on Blewett Falls Reservoir in Anson County from 12:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 for a special event.

Progress Energy is celebrating its 100th year of operating the Blewett Hydroelectric Plant. The company plans to erect tents, tables and chairs for the event so parking and fishing access will need to close until after the event.

Anglers who would like to fish nearby on June 21can visit the Commission’s Public Fishing Area at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan's Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman, N.C.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 2332 On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM, 778 days ago



SWANNANOA, N.C. (June 12, 2012) — Anglers visiting Charles Owen Park who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment now can fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Department.

Charles Owen Park, located at 875 Warren Wilson Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers can register at Charles Owen Park to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 26 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-t


Rank (0) Views 1877 On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 10:28 AM, 779 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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