Rank (0) Views 3474 On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – North Carolina law enforcement agencies will again participate in Operation Dry Water, June 25-27, a national weekend of boating sobriety detection and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

“Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Penalties may include fines up to $1,000 and jail. The greater peril is an accident. More than 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are alcohol related.”

Operation Dry Water is organized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with leadership for the North Carolina campaign by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and assisted by partner law enforcement agencies.

Wildlife officers are charged with enf

Rank (0) Views 3749 On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding coastal residents and visitors to avoid feeding alligators. The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild.  

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing – and feeding – alligators. Feeding alligators is dangerous to both humans and alligators. Once habituated to food, alligators lose their fear of humans and will approach to find food. This behavior is not reversible and can result in the trapping and destroying of the alligator. 

For more information on the American alligator, refer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fact sheet. For information on threatened and endangered species in North Carolina, see the protected species document.

Rank (0) Views 3762 On Tue, Jun 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 8, 2010) – Colonel Kenneth Everhart, the ranking officer for the Division of Law Enforcement with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has announced his retirement, effective July 1.

The 28-year law enforcement veteran has served as colonel since July 2004, leading 200 wildlife officers statewide who enforce hunting, fishing and boating laws; offer hunter and boater safety courses; and investigate hunting and boating accidents.

“One of the first things I plan to do (in retirement) is buy some clothes, since I’ve been wearing a tan and green uniform for so long,” Everhart said. “Then I expect to do something for a group like Habitat for Humanity, catch up on my hunting and fishing, and generally enjoy time with my family.”

He and his wife, Marilyn, have three children, Abby, Kyle and Hunter, and live in Raleigh.

“I know I will miss his humor, his wit and wisdom, but most of all I will

Rank (0) Views 3767 On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2010) – Wes Blair, a Hunter Education Specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized as the “Professional of the Year” by the International Hunter Education Association.

This award puts the Lenoir resident into select company. Honorees must perform an outstanding service to their agency and state in hunter education and have supported the International Hunter Education Association mission in doing so. Selections are based on efforts in education of hunters, community service, recruitment, hunting activities for youth and innovation in training.

The International Hunter Education Association is an organization for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies and their professional staffs, along with over 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Blair, with 13 years of experience in hunter education, was recognized for his excellent rapport with the 127 v

Rank (0) Views 3914 On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2010) – The UNC-TV special program “North Carolina Lens” will feature Greg Jenkins, editor of the national-award-winning monthly Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, and its annual photo contest.  

Also featured is Mike Dunn, a naturalist and nature photographer, who works as senior manager of outreach with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Dunn explains what makes a good nature photograph, the characteristics of wildlife subjects and how you can take great photos.

The segment will be broadcast on June 24 at 9:30 p.m. and repeated June 27 at noon; July 11 at 10:30 p.m. and July 17 at 3:30 a.m. For additional information, go to www.unctv.org.  

“This is our sixth annual photo competition and it has become quite the hallmark of the magazine,” said Jenkins. “Beautiful nature photos from North Carolina have inspired generations of people to be better stewards of our precious nat

Rank (0) Views 3428 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding beach-bound anglers, particularly those headed to the coast for the popular and busy July 4 week, to purchase their saltwater fishing license before they leave home and avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.   Anglers can purchase a license by:
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1 (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week;
 “Purchase License” page.
Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.

Licenses can also be purchased at one of six Division of Marine Fisheries offices located along the coast. For locations, visit the agency’s website, www.ncfisheries.net.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) is r

Rank (0) Views 3823 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2010) – Dale Caveny, a 25-year veteran wildlife enforcement officer, has been promoted to the top wildlife enforcement post in North Carolina.

Beginning today as colonel, Caveny now leads the Division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. He will direct 200 wildlife officers who enforce hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation laws, and boating regulations; offer hunter and boater safety courses; and investigate hunting and boating accidents.

“I consider wildlife officers to be some of the most professional and dedicated of all law enforcement officers,” said Caveny. “It is a great honor to continue serving in this new role with those men and women. The strength of the division is sound, the resolve of its officers is unwavering and we will continue to diligently manage and protect the resources and ensure public safety.”

The post was held by Kenneth Everhart, who recently retir

Rank (0) Views 3424 On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2010) – With the rise of media reports across the state about black bear interactions with humans, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding citizens that they can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with bears.

Residents should avoid feeding bears, whether intentionally or unintentionally, as it accustoms the bear to human food. Feeding a bear rewards it for approaching people and their homes and makes it more likely to approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Often, they lose their fear of people, and bears that are too comfortable with people are more likely to cause problems.

In addition, if a bear visits a residential area, people should remain calm and leave it alone. A crowd will unnerve the bear, causing it to act unpredictably. Crowds should disperse and allow the bear to move on undist

Rank (0) Views 3512 On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received a $200,000 grant to expand its Green Growth Toolbox, a tool designed to help communities implement habitat-friendly practices into development plans.

The grant will pay for the integration of the Wildlife Action Plan – the Commission’s blueprint for enhancing and conserving the state’s fish and wildlife species and their habitats – and its priorities into local land use planning. The Commission will partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Sustainable Sandhills, and the Land of Sky Regional Council to offer Green Growth Toolbox technical guidance to counties and municipalities in most areas of the state. Currently, the Green Growth Toolbox training is only offered in the Piedmont region.

”We are thrilled to have received this funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society,” said Jacquelyn Wallace, Urban Wildlife Biol

Rank (0) Views 3873 On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2010) – Fish for free in all public waters — including coastal waters — on July 4 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. While everyone, residents and non-residents, can fish in public waters on this date without a license, all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport of fishing.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages recreational fisheries, stocks fish, and provides free access to fishing sites across the state.  And, while many sport fisheries in North Carolina are self-sustaining, the Commission annually stocks a variety of fish in public, inland waters — from trout in the mountains to striped bass in Piedmont reservoirs and channel

Rank (0) Views 3856 On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting boaters, anglers and hikers that Duke Energy is lowering water levels at Tanassee Creek and Wolf Creek lakes to facilitate inspection procedures.

Unexpected rapid increases in water flow, due to water releases, make it unsafe for hikers and anglers to be in areas below the dams.

Additionally, water levels in both lakes were lowered enough to eliminate the use of the lakes’ public boat ramps. Levels are expected to drop even further before the repair work is completed.

Work is expected to take a number of weeks. For status updates, visit Duke Energy’s website, www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/nantahala-lake-levels.asp, or call 800-829-5253 and choose option 5. 

Rank (0) Views 3885 On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese,” the 2010 Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store beginning July 1.

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

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was painted by renowned waterfowl artist Scot Storm of Minnesota.

“Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” was the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print in 2008. Last year, he placed third in North Carolina’s competition.

In addition to his North Carolina honors, Storm has amassed an impressive

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