UNC-TV ‘North Carolina Lens’ Program to Focus on Agency Photo Contest

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
Thursday, June 10, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9587)/Comments (0)/

Col. Kenneth Everhart Retires From Wildlife Resources Commission

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
Monday, June 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11827)/Comments (0)/

Avoid Feeding Alligators, Commission Says

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.
Sunday, June 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9014)/Comments (0)/

Operation Dry Water Targets Intoxicated and Dangerous Boaters

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
Sunday, June 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9279)/Comments (0)/

Free Kids’ Fishing Events Held This Weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – In celebration of 2010 National Fishing and Boating Week, 40-plus free kids’ fishing events are being held across the state. Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bayside Marina & Grill, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish, many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions. Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win a variety of fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, do
Tuesday, June 1, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (8132)/Comments (0)/