Rank (0) Views 5453 On Wed, Nov 09, 2011 3:05 PM, 1026 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2011) –  For people looking to make their property more inviting to reptiles and amphibians, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has on its website a new publication that provides tips on creating suitable habitat for frogs, toads, lizards and snakes.   

“Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Backyard,” is a color, 8-page publication that was produced by biologists from N.C. State University, the Wildlife Commission, N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.  

“Many of the practices explained in the book to attract reptiles and amphibians are easy and fairly quick to do, even for folks who aren’t gardeners,” said Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biologist with the Commission. “It’s mainly a matter of taking these critters into consideration when man

Rank (0) Views 4665 On Wed, Nov 09, 2011 2:31 PM, 1026 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 9, 2011) – Ongoing drought conditions have led to less-than-desirable conditions for late-season waterfowl hunts on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not be able to flood the Flat River Impoundment, which is used for permit hunts only, and the Brickhouse Road and Little River Greentree Impoundments due to the severe drought that has affected the Northern Piedmont part of the state. Though it has rained in recent weeks, it has not rained enough to raise the water levels in Flat River and Knapp of Reeds Creek to the depth needed for pumping water into the impoundments.  Knapp of Reeds Greentree Impoundment has some available water to hunt, but it is not at full pool. The Butner Depot, Beaverdam and Bluff Impoundments, which are used for permit hunts only, as well as Patterson Road Greentree Impoundment, have adequate water for hunting.  To receive the latest updates on waterfowl imp

Rank (0) Views 3359 On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 9:36 AM, 1027 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 8, 2011) Download the PDFs below for committee meeting agendas. Nov. 9, 2011 at 10 a.m.  Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Nov. 9, 2011 at 1 p.m.    Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Nov. 9, 2011 at 3 p.m.    Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)   Visit the Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 15326 On Mon, Nov 07, 2011 4:42 PM, 1028 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 7, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting hunters that they may encounter sick or diseased deer afflicted with hemorrhagic disease. Two closely related viruses — epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus and bluetongue virus — cause hemorrhagic disease and both are spread by biting flies, called midges.    

The Commission is asking hunters to report any sightings of the disease, which has no human health implications but is one of the most significant infectious diseases of white-tailed deer in North Carolina. Hemorrhagic disease should not be confused with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is a distinctly different disease that occurs in members of the deer family.  Extensive monitoring since 1999 has yielded no evidence of CWD in North Carolina and strict regulations are in place to prevent the introduction of this disease.

Symptoms of hemorrhagic disease in deer va

Rank (0) Views 2832 On Mon, Nov 07, 2011 9:37 AM, 1028 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 7, 2011) Download the PDF below for the meeting agenda package. November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 9007 On Fri, Nov 04, 2011 1:39 PM, 1031 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 4, 2011) – With hunting season under way, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted information on its website about the new Landowner Protection Act.

The law, which went into effect Oct. 1, requires hunters, anglers and trappers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

The Wildlife Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, has answers to frequently asked questions, a fact sheet and a sample permission form (full size and wallet size) about this law.

The Landowner Protection Act provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to enter their property legally. Landowners can now post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees, or, as in the past, by p

Rank (0) Views 3640 On Thu, Nov 03, 2011 3:41 PM, 1032 days ago

This course is for the certification and recertification of Wildlife Damage Control Agents. The workshop will provide you with the rules and regulations that govern the WDCA pro-gram, information on euthanasia, safe handling of wildlife, and a variety of other information that will be useful for WDCA’s. Agents must pass a closed book certification examination and a criminal background check prior to being certified. Once you have received notification of certification you may begin operating in a WDCA capacity. Learn more about the workshop and registration.

Rank (0) Views 3850 On Wed, Nov 02, 2011 10:45 AM, 1033 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Kennedy to the rank of major, with responsibilities for field operations within the Division of Law Enforcement.

Kennedy will supervise a statewide hierarchy of some 200 wildlife officers, who enforce fish and game regulations and boating laws. He was previously the captain and a lieutenant in District 5, a jurisdiction that includes Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties. He had been stationed in District 5 for the past 16 years.

“I look forward to this service and the challenge of the job,” said Maj. Kennedy. “The men and women wearing the uniform are important for conservation and public safety, through education and enforcement. I value being a part of the tradition of being a wildlife officer in North Carolina.”

A 22-year veteran with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Com

Rank (0) Views 5678 On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 3:08 PM, 1034 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Finding the newest fishing hot spots at three Piedmont lakes may be as simple as looking in the trees.

Since earlier this year, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel have bundled and sunk more than 80 evergreen trees at Jordan Lake, dropped eight artificial “tree reefs” constructed of recycled plastic on Hyco Lake, and cut-and-cabled 36 trees along the shoreline of Randleman Lake — all to attract fish and improve fishing opportunities.

Many popular sportfish, such as largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, congregate around trees and artificial structures because of the food, shelter and nursery habitats they provide, according to Corey Oakley, a biologist with the Commission who oversees fisheries management for Randleman, Jordan and Hyco lakes.   

“Our research has shown that crappie really like to congregate around sunken evergreen trees and artificial structur

Rank (0) Views 3107 On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 12:55 PM, 1035 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 31, 2011) Download the PDF below for the November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda. November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 3063 On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2011) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, provided in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is offering women a helping hand in fishing basics on Sept. 11.

For a $25 registration fee, women can experience the basics – and fun – of fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s pond, in Concord, N.C., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about fishing knots, equipment, pond and lake ecology, types of baits and lures, and especially when to use what bait. They will have time to practice those skills and fish in the "catch and release" waters of Bass Pro Shop’s pond under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 and older learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, workshops are held across the state and offer a variety of outdoor skills, including fishing, hunter safety, target sh

Rank (0) Views 2915 On Mon, May 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Public Health are reminding citizens that while touching and feeding young wildlife may be tempting, it can be harmful to both the animals and humans.

Tampering with wildlife – even young wildlife -- endangers people and harms the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Wildlife can transmit diseases, including rabies and roundworm, to humans. Rabid animals, including raccoons, bats and foxes, are not uncommon in North Carolina.

From January to March 2011, a total of 83 rabid animals were identified in 43 Nort

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