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 by ncwildlife ncwildlife, June 01, 2017 14:17

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I provided you with several alligator photos from the Neuse River, alligators I have been following for eight years. There has been NO increase in the population on the Upper Neuse, Swift Creek or Brice Creek. In your report, you state that reproduction is slower the further north there is a viable population. My understanding is there have been NO unprovoked situations in this state, and most "backyard" sighting are just movement from one water to another. You seen to affirm all this.
Now about hell breaking loose. You allow ANY municipality to file a complaint and it means someone has an historical fear, seeks support and political presence and puts you folks in the position where politics upends good research and good sense. Keep ALL judgement inside NC Wildlife. YOU have the capacity to deal with any bothersome alligator. Don't give it up!

Posted by johnjacobson almost 3 years ago (Flag)

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