Rank (0) Views 4175 On Thu, May 16, 2013 11:00 AM, 834 days ago



 RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2013) — Bald eagles, peregrine falcon sand red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina share common recovery stories: their populations, at one time severely depleted, have recovered significantly,thanks in part to the protection they have enjoyed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

To raise awareness about the threats other endangered species face, as well as the many success stories in species recovery, May 17 has been designated Endangered Species Day. Started by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Endangered Species Day highlights the importance of protecting wildlife and fish, celebrates endangered species success stories and provides information on what people can do to help protect endangered species.

In North Carolina,more than 220 terrestrial and aquatic species are either federally or state-listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The Northern saw-whet owl, bog turtle, shortnose sturgeon, northern flying squirrel,Carol


Rank (0) Views 4439 On Wed, May 15, 2013 1:05 PM, 835 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 14, 2013)  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S.Forest Service, is supporting more than 35 free fishing events for kids from late May through early June.

The events are held throughout the state each year in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week. Find an event near you.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Neuse Sport Shop also is donating tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating prizes, such as fishing towels


Rank (0) Views 2223 On Mon, May 13, 2013 1:28 PM, 837 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May. 13, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the May 16, 2013 committee meeting agendas held in Soundside Hall, NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

May 16, 2013
Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda(PDF)
Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2124 On Fri, May 10, 2013 3:57 PM, 840 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below. May 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (7.21 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 4861 On Fri, May 10, 2013 10:40 AM, 840 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 10, 2013) — Young wildlife may be cute — and it may be tempting to bring a fawn, cub, chick or kit home — but tiny animals are not pets. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that touching or feeding them can hurt wildlife and jeopardize human health. It also can harm the ecosystem.

Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many wildlife species bear young.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “Wild animals still have their wild instincts, even if they seem tame. Well-meaning people can be injured by a wild animal just following its instincts,and the interaction can be harmful to the animals as well.”

It is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina. Also, capturing and handling a young animal can stress it,


Rank (0) Views 3146 On Thu, May 09, 2013 1:38 PM, 841 days ago



HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (May 9, 2013) — Celebrate turtles and learn more about conservation of these remarkable reptiles at Turtle Fest, a free,family-friendly event scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC) and the N.C. Herpetological Society, will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians.  Come check out corn snakes, frogs, maybe a toad or two, and, of course, the stars of the day — turtles of varying shapes and sizes. You also can learn more about how you can turn your backyard into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, in particular amphibians and reptiles.

Be sure to test your snake-identification skills by playing the “Spot the Copperhead” game and don’t forget to pick up your “I Love Snakes” sticker as well.

Tur


Rank (0) Views 4378 On Thu, May 09, 2013 9:12 AM, 841 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2013) — A multi-agency safety initiative aimed at summer holiday travel will resume throughout North Carolina, beginning this Memorial Day weekend.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign will work to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, which see increased traffic this time of year. Unfortunately, too many accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

The campaign is made up of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Forensic Tests for Alcohol, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard and local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving,


Rank (0) Views 3088 On Wed, May 08, 2013 11:24 AM, 842 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2013) –The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for two members to its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Closing date for nominations is July 15, 2013.

The 18-member committee, which advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Wildlife Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the person’s nomination, a resume, if available, and a cover letter. 

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies can be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Diane Renzi, Division of Inland Fisheries


Rank (0) Views 2036 On Tue, May 07, 2013 1:30 PM, 843 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2013) Download the agenda PDF below. May 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF - 1.39 MB). 

Note: The meeting is at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Pine Knoll Shores, NC.

Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 3327 On Mon, May 06, 2013 11:46 AM, 844 days ago



MARION, N.C. (May 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed two trout stockings scheduled today for the Delayed Harvest sections of the Little River in Alleghany County and Big Horse Creek in Ashe County. Commission staff had planned to stock 1,500 trout in Little River and 1,675 trout in Big Horse Creek, but postponed due to flood conditions in the region.

Both postponed trout stockings will be rescheduled after the flood recedes.

The Little River and Big Horse Creek are part of the Wildlife Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program. For a complete list of Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, as well as information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing. 


Rank (0) Views 3228 On Fri, May 03, 2013 12:19 PM, 847 days ago



MARION, N.C. (May 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed a  trout stocking scheduled for today into the Delayed Harvest section of the Nantahala River in Macon County. Commission staff had planned to stock in the Nantahala 3,300 trout today — 1,320 brook, 1,320 rainbow and 660 brown trout — but postponed the stocking due to equipment malfunction. Other trout stockings scheduled for today are being conducted as planned. 

The postponed trout stocking for the Nantahala River has been rescheduled to May 7.

The Nantahala River is part of the Wildlife Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program. For a complete list of Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, as well as information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing. 


Rank (0) Views 2299 On Fri, May 03, 2013 10:51 AM, 847 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (May 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is seeking volunteers to help accommodate increased seasonal visitation.

Located off U.S. 276 near Brevard alongside the Davidson River, the wildlife education center offers free admission, with a busy schedule of hands-on programs and conservation activities.

Vacant volunteer positions include:

· Raceway Monitors, to answer questions about the hatchery;

· Front Desk, to greet and assist visitors, and answer phones;

· Maintenance Assistance, for mowing, and garden and facility upkeep;

· Educational Assistance, to aid wildlife educators in managing large groups; and,

· Master Anglers, to provide guidance and instruction to fishing program participants.

Many of the volunteer functions require no previous experience. Training will be provided.

“The Pisgah Center for Wildlife E

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