Rank (0) Views 3986 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – With a rash of media reports of bear sightings across North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents not to panic, keep their distance and remain calm if they see a black bear.

It is not uncommon to see a black bear in spring in North Carolina, as they look for mates, a home or food. Juvenile bears typically disperse from their home areas during this time of year, while adult bears can roam extensively searching for food.  Residents are urged not to approach or follow bears, and to use caution when driving in areas where bears have been sighted.

The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into yards, parks, onto sidewalks or into other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming near people and their homes and increases the likelihood that the bear will approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when th


Rank (0) Views 3581 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago




FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – Cumberland County residents who want to cast a line in Glenville Lake but don’t have the necessary equipment can now fish without owning a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation.

Glenville Lake, which is located in Mazarick Park, 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 register at the park office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 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 retur


Rank (0) Views 3467 On Wed, May 25, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2011) –  Members of the public or employees of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission can nominate NCWRC employees or teams of employees for a new annual award that recognizes significant contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool.

“When implemented in the right places and at the right times, there is no substitute for fire as a resource management tool,” said Isaac Harrold, Section Manager for the Commission’s State and Private Lands Programs.  “It’s a relatively inexpensive management practice and the benefits are numerous. Development of this award not only provides an opportunity to recognize exceptional efforts of staff, but, hopefully, will keep us all motivated to continue sharing that critical message.”

Awards will be presented each year in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North Carolina Pr


Rank (0) Views 3773 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock Lake Norman with 177,500 striped bass in early June—15,000 more fish than is normally stocked into the reservoir every year.

The additional fish, which measure 2 to 3 inches in length, are being stocked to help compensate for the loss of fish during a July 2010 fish kill.

After the fish kill, biologists collected more than 7,000 dead striped bass and assumed that another 20 percent, or 1,400 fish, were picked up by other people or sank to the bottom of the reservoir. Assuming 8,400 striped bass died and using harvest rates and natural mortality rates estimated for striped bass in other Southeast reservoirs, they determined that stocking 15,000 additional fish would return catch rates to where they would have been in 2013 if the fish kill last summer had not occurred.

“Two years, or 2013, is the time frame because it takes two years for stocked fish to reach 16 inche


Rank (0) Views 3664 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for its annual public hearings.

Each year, the Commission adjusts hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and rules in response to wildlife population changes, wildlife conservation objectives, or public needs and desires. Public comments on proposed rule changes received through the public hearings process is a critical component in the decision making process.

All hearings begin at 7 p.m. The 2011 hearings’ dates and locations are scheduled as follows:

DATE DISTRICT CITY LOCATION


September 6, 2011 (Tuesday) 4 Dublin

Bladen Community College


September 7, 2011 (Wednesday) 5 Graham Courthouse


September 8, 2011 (Thursday) 6 Norwood South Stanly High School


September 13, 2011 (Tuesday) 8 Morganton Municipal Auditorium


September 14, 2011 (Wednesday) 9 Clyde Haywood Community College


September 15, 2011

(Thursday) 7 Wilkes


Rank (0) Views 3389 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 4.

But there’s a catch . . . only anglers 15 years old and younger can fish these waters from 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. At noon, these waters open to all anglers.

The youth-only fishing time frame is designed to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch — and keep — fish.

Under hatchery-supported regulations, in effect through Sept. 30, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day, with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

Anglers age 16 and older need an inland fishing license and a special trout fishing privilege, which is included in the comprehensive and sportsman licenses, to fish in all designated public mountain trout waters


Rank (0) Views 3865 On Tue, May 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



ROXBORO, N.C. (May 17, 2011) – Fishing on Mayo Lake has become more accessible, thanks in part to a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Person County Recreation Arts and Parks, who are providing free loaner adaptive fishing gear to physically challenged anglers.

The adaptive fishing gear, which can be borrowed from the Mayo Park office, is available free of charge through the Wildlife Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program.  Park staff has electric reels, pole harnesses, easy-cast fishing poles and easy-grip gloves available to loan to anglers who have limited hand, arm and upper body movement.

“This adaptive fishing gear gives fishermen the ability to cast and reel in fish with minimum effort,” said Jeremy Royster, Mayo Park Ranger. “Anglers can register at the park office to join the program and receive a tackle loaner card that lets them borrow free loaner tackle at Mayo Park, as well as


Rank (0) Views 3667 On Mon, May 16, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2011) – Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a proclamation that May 21-27 be recognized as Safe Boating Week in North Carolina.

With the start of the recreational boating season and National Safe Boating Week that week, the goal of Safe Boating Week in North Carolina is to emphasize the efforts to promote safe boating and encourage the wearing of personal flotation devices.

Wildlife officers of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are charged with enforcing the boating laws and regulations on North Carolina waters, and can stop any vessel for safety checks or violations. In the course of their duties, these law enforcement officers patrol over 5,000 square miles of inland streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waterways, as well as 220 public boating access areas.

“The best advice I can give anyone is to wear an appropriate life vest, no matter when or where they are boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordin


Rank (0) Views 3650 On Mon, May 09, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2011) – Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at one of 43 kids’ fishing events conducted across the state in late May and early June.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011. 

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. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 100 prizes – any of which would be a perfect addition to a


Rank (0) Views 3734 On Mon, May 09, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding coastal residents and visitors to avoid feeding alligators.  

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing—and 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.

Most alligators seen in the coastal region of North Carolina are in their natural habitat, and are best left alone and viewed from a distance.

Feeding alligators is also dangerous, as it can cause them to lose their fear of humans—making them more likely to approach and demonstrate aggressive behavior toward people and pets. This can also endanger the alligator, as wildlife that approaches or threatens humans may have to be euthanized.

For more information on protected and endangered wildlife in North Carolina, download a list of


Rank (0) Views 3910 On Thu, May 05, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Big Game Committee meeting, originally scheduled for May 11, has been postponed, as this date proved to be a difficult time for many landowners and farmers to be away from their primary livelihood activities.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 6, to discuss black bear management, including issues related to hunting and historical white-tailed deer harvests.

The committee will meet at the Wildlife Resources Commission Headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

For upcoming Commission and committee meeting dates, times and locations, visit www.ncwildlife.org and look under “Commission Meetings/Actions.”




RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2011) –  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is clarifying that the section of Linville River below the Lake James powerhouse from the upstream bridge on S.R. 1223 to Muddy Creek is the only section that will not be stocked this year. This area is known locally as “powerhouse” or “Bridgewater.”

The sections of the Linville River in Avery County and the Blue Ridge Parkway will receive stockings this season as planned.

The hatchery-supported section of the river is not being stocked because of continuing work by Duke Energy to repair the dams on Lake James, which has resulted in water levels too low to sustain stockings. Commission biologists will resume stocking the hatchery-supported section starting March 2012. Until then, anglers can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters nearby. These include Henry River in Burke County, Wilson Creek and Yadkin River in Happy Valley in Caldwell County,

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