RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding three public hearings in April to take comments on 37 proposed changes to its endangered, threatened and special concern species listings.
The endangered, threatened and special concern species lists, known collectively as the protected animal list or state list, identify native or once-native nongame wild animals that need protection. Biologists use this list to identify and conduct conservation projects to increase species population numbers. An endangered species is defined as one whose continued existence has been determined to be in jeopardy in the state, while a threatened species is one that is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout all, or at least a significant portion, of its range. A species listed as special concern needs monitoring.
Among the proposed changes are 14 that would add species to the list; seven that would remove species from the list and 16 that would change the status of species. The Wildlife Commission is proposing the listing changes to ensure the protection of these 37 species by providing active and appropriate conservation that includes research, land conservation, monitoring and habitat restoration. Read a complete list of proposed changes and summarized data on each species.
All hearings will start at 7 p.m. Dates and locations are:
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701
After collecting and considering all public comments, the 19 wildlife commissioners will meet at the July Commission meeting to decide whether to adopt the proposed changes. If approved, changes will take effect Oct. 1, 2017.
Jodie B. Owen