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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Public Comment Requested on Proposed Elk Depredation Rule Changes






The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission requests public comment on proposed changes to elk management regulations, 15A NCAC 10B .01.6 (Wildlife Taken for Depredations). A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Haywood Community College auditorium, located at 185 Freedlander Drive in Clyde.

The proposed amendment will require a landowner who takes a depredating elk without a Commission-issued depredation permit to report that take to the Commission within 24 hours of the kill. Additionally, a landowner who takes a depredating elk with a Commission-issued depredation permit must report it on the form provided with the permit.

Reports of elk taken in depredation situations will aid Wildlife Commission staff in monitoring the size and composition of North Carolina’s elk herd. Because the elk population in North Carolina is small, it is important to document each mortality to ensure the Commission can base management decisions on the best available data.

The comment period for the proposed regulation will run through Oct. 14, 2016. To see the proposed amendment, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations. Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted at the public hearing, emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed to:

Kate Pipkin
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

After considering public comment, wildlife commissioners will take action on the proposal at the Wildlife Commission’s business meeting on Oct. 18, 2016. If approved, the amendment would take effect Dec. 1, 2016.



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