June 01, 2017

Provide Input on Alligator Management in North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Alligator Task Force, established by resolution of the Commission, are holding six public forums in June to present a draft of the N.C. Alligator Management Plan and receive public input on the plan.

All forums will begin at 7 p.m. Dates and locations are listed on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website. An online comment form is available for those who cannot attend a public forum but would like to offer input.

The draft Alligator Management Plan, developed by the N.C. Alligator Task Force, provides biological information on alligators in North Carolina, identifies knowledge gaps and additional research needed on alligators, identifies areas where alligators may be overpopulated, and recommends biological and social strategies to address alligator management issues. Each sentence of the plan is numbered to make commenting on specific portions of the plan easier. Reviewers can refer to the line number when providing comments. Comments on the plan will be accepted until June 25. Along with the online comment form, interested people can offer input by mailing or emailing comments to Allen Boynton, Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator, at allen.boynton@ncwildlife.org or 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1700.

The Alligator Task Force, along with the Commission, will present the final draft of the N.C. Alligator Management Plan to Wildlife Commissioners at their July 26-27 business meeting in Raleigh.

For more information on alligators in North Carolina, download the American Alligator profile or Coexist with Alligators documents.

Posted on June 01, 2017 14:17 by ncwildlife ncwildlife | 1 comment | Leave a comment

April 10, 2017

Observers should exercise caution when viewing wild alligators

Seeing an alligator in its natural environment is an exciting experience! For your own safety, it's important not to get too caught up in the moment to remember to keep a reasonable distance between you and the alligator.

You should also never feed an alligator. Alligators tend to be shy and fearful of humans by nature, but can become a safety issue if they are habituated to being fed by people. It is unlawful for anyone to intentionally feed an alligator. If you know of someone poaching, harming, harassing or intentionally feeding alligators in North Carolina, please call our Wildlife Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-662-7137.

You can also find more helpful tips on coexisting with alligators here.

Posted on April 10, 2017 18:18 by ncwildlife ncwildlife | 0 comments | Leave a comment