NCWRC will be shipping coordinators pre-paid envelopes to mail in bobcat and otter samples this year instead of in-person pick-ups. The canine tooth will be used to look at the age structure of the harvests.
The N.C. General Assembly recently passed legislation to modify the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s license structure and fees. As a result, there are significant changes the Commission must make to its license sales system to accommodate.
Game Lands License
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, all trapping licenses will include the access and use of game lands.
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, the Commission will issue each trapper a Trapper Identification Number (TIN) at the time they purchase or renew their trapping license. This number will be printed on their license.
Resident Lifetime Trapping License
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, North Carolina residents will be able to purchase a Lifetime Trapping License.
Wildlife Control Agent License
Effective in 2020*, any individual who engages in wildlife damage control or wildlife removal activities, including bat eviction, for compensation, including reimbursement for the cost of materials, must first procure a wildlife control agent license.
*At the time of publication, the effective date for this license item was not established.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has identified an emerging feline disease. FWC first became aware of this disease in 2018 in southwest Florida, and since then has documented the condition in bobcats at additional locations in peninsular Florida. Since the disease appears to be statewide, it may also be present in other southeastern states.
Trappers are usually on the front lines in helping identify these issues. Please be on the look-out for bobcats showing hind limb weakness or in-coordination. You can contact your district wildlife biologist and they may try to test it.
The North Carolina Trappers Association (NCTA) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1972. It's main purpose is to unite the state’s trappers, to assist the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in its management and conservation of wild furbearer species, and to preserve and promote responsible trapping.
Along with preserving and promoting responsible trapping, some of the NCTA’s goals are:
To establish responsible trapping seasons with fair and impartial laws for the harvesting of furbearers
To educate trappers in proper trapping techniques, safety, and woodland skills
To develop better relationships between landowners and trappers
To promote the conscientious use of natural renewable resources
To help conserve our wildlife and to preserve their natural habitat
Educating the public on Best Management Practices regarding improvements to trapping tools and techniques, will help others understand that trapping activities are humane.
Providing facts to dispel myths that trapping is cruel, and demonstrate how effective trapping is as a wildlife management tool, costing taxpayers little to nothing to resolve human/wildlife conflicts (e.g. beaver flooding houses/roads, coyotes killing livestock, muskrats burrowing/digging in pond dams etc.).
NCTA continues to support the National Trappers Association, the Fur Takers of America, and Sportsmen's Alliance as an affiliate, contributing financially each year.
The NCTA is managed by the Board of Directors elected annually with general supervision of all activities being governed as directed by the Constitution And Bylaws (here) adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of the general membership.