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Regional Supervisor

N.C. Wildlife Commission
Phone: (919) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Asheville , North Carolina , United States
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1722 Mail Service Center
Raleigh , North Carolina 27699
United States

Company Description: Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through...   more

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Mike Carraway, N.C. ..., 7 Oct 2015 [cached]
Mike Carraway, N.C. Wildlife Commission regional supervisor, said he would get to the bottom of that issue because it's the commission's rule that the first law enforcement officer on scene is responsible for making the call on whether to put down an elk.
"If you feel it needs to be put down on site then you can do it," he said.
"This is an evolving process, and ..., 6 Jan 2016 [cached]
"This is an evolving process, and whether or not any permits are issued for elk would depend on whether or not we think that the elk population can stand it," said Mike Carraway, regional supervisor for the Wildlife Commission. "Our first consideration is the vitality and sustainability of the elk population."
Essentially, said Carraway, approving the proposal would let the Wildlife Commission keep an eye on the data and make permits available if and when it decided populations were healthy enough to withstand a hunt.
Because of the way elk biology works, Carraway said, taking a few bull elk would have little to no effect on the overall population.
"Typically the biggest and baddest bulls are the ones that mate with the cows, so if you're only talking about hunting bulls - and a small number of bulls - then it really doesn't affect the potential of the population for growth," Carraway said.
However, it's not completely necessary to have hard population numbers to justify a limited, bulls-only season, Carraway said.
In elk culture, the most desirable bulls typically gather a harem of cows around them to mate with. The less dominant bulls wander off solo, not participating in the mating game until such time as they're able to displace one of the big boys. In any one season, there are a lot of bulls that aren't fathering any calves.
"There are places where we see a lot of excess bulls, so some of it (hunting permit decisions) would be based on data; some of it would be based on educated guesses about how many bulls are in a particular area," Carraway said.
But the Wildlife Commission's goal isn't to institute permissive hunting regulations to the detriment of the elk, Carraway emphasized.
"It is to manage the elk population just like we manage for deer and turkey and other species," he said.
"Cultural carrying capacity is different for different people," said Carraway.
"We would hope that over time people would become more accustomed to elk on the landscape and be willing to tolerate elk on the landscape more than they would initially," Carraway said.
"It's very difficult to manage private land for elk unless you have a willing landowner," said Carraway.
Wildlife Resources Commission ..., 15 Dec 2014 [cached]
Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Biologist Mike Carraway says agricultural lands provide a reliable and plentiful source of food, allowing bears in eastern North Carolina to grow larger.
The animals are moving into valley ..., 9 Oct 2013 [cached]
The animals are moving into valley locations in search of food because of a poor acorn crop at higher elevations, Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway said.
Citizens may also contact Mike ..., 18 June 2010 [cached]
Citizens may also contact Mike Carraway, District 9 biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, to report incidents involving bears in Asheville and Buncombe County. He can be reached at (828) 646-9913 or at
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