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About the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping, and boating laws.

The sale of hunting and fishing licenses, federal grants, and other receipts provide financial support for the agency. The Commission has an operational budget of approximately $65 million and employs over 590 full-time men and women across the state, including wildlife and fisheries biologists and technicians, wildlife officers, conservation educators, and public information, customer service, information technology, and administrative professionals.

Available Extension Publications

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For Extension publications addressing the many different species of wildlife and unique habitats found here in North Carolina (from bats to black bear to managing forest edges), please visit the Extension Forestry Wildlife page for more information. Many of the publications are in a PDF file format and are available free for downloading. A free PDF reader can be downloaded from Adobe.

Assistance from N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

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