NCWF News & Announcements

Wildlife Corridors:
Connect Habitats, Save Lives

December 22, 2020

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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Wildlife Feature: Gray Foxes

December 21, 2020

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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Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input on Mudpuppy Sightings

December 17, 2020

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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NCWF Welcomes Dr. Stacy Nelson to the Board

December 4, 2020

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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Surplus Trout Coming to 38 Impoundments in N.C. this Winter

November 30, 2020

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is expanding seasonal angling opportunities by stocking surplus trout in 38 impoundments across central and western North Carolina this winter. When fishing in these waters, anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions and no minimum size limits. Anglers need only a basic fishing…

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Wildlife Feature: Beavers, Ecosystem Engineers

November 24, 2020

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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New Board Chair Takes the Helm

November 22, 2020

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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NCWF’s Deer Donation Program helps sustain natural resources while combating food insecurity 

November 9, 2020

In North Carolina, food insecurity will affect nearly 1 in 5 residents in 2020, and is expected to affect almost 29% of kids, up from 19% in the state in 2018, according to the national food relief organization, Feeding America. Hunger and food insecurity have an impact on every aspect of daily life and many…

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Wildlife Feature: American Minks

November 1, 2020

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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NCWRC Seeks Public’s Help to Monitor New Disease Affecting Rabbits

October 30, 2020

Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) are asking the public to help them monitor the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease that has not yet been observed in North Carolina’s rabbit populations by reporting any sightings of dead rabbits to the agency. Commission biologists are working with the N.C. Department of Agriculture…

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