The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hear from area residents tonight when it holds a public hearing at South Stanly High School near Norwood. The hearing is one of nine being conducted by the Commission across the state, and the purpose is to get citizen input on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 seasons.
One issue receiving attention during this round of hearings is the North Carolina Black Bear Management Plan. Adopted in 2012, the plan is a ten-year strategy for maintaining what the Commission calls “healthy bear populations consistent with habitat where bears occur, and balancing the consideration of stakeholders.”
Other hunting proposals would make changes to the Western Archery Deer Season and adjust regulations for black powder firearms and crossbows.
In fishing regulations, the Commission is recommending a change that encourages private landowners to allow anglers public access to inland fishing waters.
In all, there are 42 proposed changes to fishing, hunting and game lands regulations for the 2014-15 seasons. All are open for public comment at tonight’s hearing.
The meeting with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commissions will start at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation and discussion on the black bear management objectives, followed by the public hearing at 7, at South Stanly High School, near the Michelin Plant on South Stanly School Rd. west of Norwood.
Click here for more information from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website.