NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Possum Drop
4:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Judge Allows Brasstown To Go Ahead With NYE "Possum Drop"

A Wake County Superior Judge has upheld a permit issued to allow an opossum to be temporarily caught and displayed on New Year's Eve.
Credit Cody Pope via Wikimedia commons

A Superior Court judge will allow Brasstown's annual Possum Drop to go ahead despite opposition from animal rights activists.

Judge Allen Baddour ruled in favor of the General Assembly's new animal display bill, which allows the state Wildlife Resources Commission to issue a permit for the event.

Each New Year's Eve, Brasstown revelers catch a wild opossum and lower it to the ground at midnight in a plexi-glass box. After the opossum is fed, it's released back into the wild.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

US Fish & Wildlife Service Urges Protection For Rare NC Moth And Fish

The rattlesnake-master borer moth has been listed as a candidate for the Endangered Species List. It's found in Pender County, NC.
Credit William Glass

Officials with the US Fish & Wildlife Service made two big announcements concerning North Carolina this month: they determined that a very rare moth found in one county near the coast warrants placement on the Endangered Species List, and they are awarding the state two grants to help with wildlife conservation.

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Environment
9:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Wildlife Resources Commission Investigates Dead, Injured Brown Pelicans

Brown pelican
Credit Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr, Creative Commons

State wildlife officials are continuing to investigate the deaths and injuries of brown pelicans along the North Carolina coast.  They say more than 200 of the birds have been found. 

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Environment
10:33 am
Tue March 19, 2013

155 Sea Turtles Rescued From Cold Water Off NC Coast

Several live cold-stunned green turtles from Cape Lookout Bight
Credit NC Sea Turtle Project

155 sea turtles were rescued off North Carolina’s coasts and beaches this year and treated for “cold shock,” caused by low water temperatures.  That’s more than usual, and about half the animals are still recovering. Wildlife officials reported a record number of sea turtle nests last summer. They say it's not likely high numbers will be seen again this season because the same turtles don't typically come back to nest every year.

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Environment
3:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Bald Head Island Considering Birth Control for Deer

Village leaders on Bald Head Island say their deer population is near the limit the island can support. One solution they're considering is shooting female deer with contraceptive-laced darts. But biologist Robbie Norville of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says most wildlife contraceptives simply aren't effective.

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