Development and deforestation are increasing in North Carolina, meaning wildlife habitat loss and fragmentation are also on the rise. This has a huge impact on wildlife, particularly species that traverse the landscape to fulfill biological needs.  Take the elk noted for his unusual antlers that left his herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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Gray foxes are North Carolina’s only native fox and the smallest of the four wild canids that are present in the state, with the others being the red fox, red wolf and coyote. Highly adaptable to a variety of habitats, gray foxes can be found in forests, fallow fields, marshes and open woodlands with a…

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Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) are asking the public, particularly anglers, to submit any sightings of mudpuppies to the agency. The mudpuppy is a relatively rare salamander that shares a similar appearance and habitat to its larger cousin, the eastern hellbender. Similar to the hellbender, the mudpuppy is an entirely aquatic salamander…

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Dr. Stacy Nelson was recently elected to the NCWF board of directors. Nelson received his B.S. in Biology from Jackson State University, his Masters in Marine Science/Resource Management and Policy from William and Mary, and his Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Michigan State University. A professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental…

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The American beaver, Castor canadensis, is North America’s largest rodent and are mainly identified by their brownish-black fur coats, wide and hairless tails, and the four large front teeth that they extensively use for chiseling trees and bark. Beavers can be found all over North America in habitats near rivers, lakes, swamps and marshes. They…

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John Hairr of Charlotte has been elected as chairman of the board of the Federation. “I am honored to serve as chair for an organization I have long admired,” says Hairr. “As a non-partisan, science-based organization, with statewide reach and our vast legion of supporters, NCWF is uniquely positioned to lead conservation initiatives in North…

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Minks (Mustela vison) are small mammals commonly found in wetlands across North America, with the exception of the arid regions of the southwest and northern parts of Canada. They have been found in every county of North Carolina, but are seldom seen because of their nocturnal lifestyle. Minks are small, dark brown or black mammals with…

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