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Wildlife Resources Commission

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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.
Mike Carraway, a biologist ..., 27 Feb 2013 [cached]
Mike Carraway, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Commission, said the bear population in the mountains is so high that poaching probably had little effect on the numbers. However, the tactics used by the poachers could influence bear activity. For example, baiting bears with sweet foods can cause their teeth to rot, harm their health and alter their normal activity.
"Bears have a sweet tooth," Carraway said. "Once they experience it, that could lead them to seek out other candies as well."
And those other candies could be in places that bears aren't wanted, such as in dumpsters, near communities or campsites. Earlier this year, backcountry camping was shut down in the Shining Rock area of the Pisgah National Forest due to a bear or bears raiding campsites for food.
Carraway said more enforcement could help curtail illegal hunting tactics. However, budget constraints have forced a compromise between ideal management and realistic management.
"Like any agency, we deal with however much money we get to cover the area that we have to cover," Carraway said.
Despite some of the incidents being ..., 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
Despite some of the incidents being more than several miles apart, it could indeed be one bear causing the problems in the Pisgah National Forest, according to Mike Carraway, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Commission.
If it is one bear, depriving it of human food at this point may help, he said. But it has had so many encounters that by now it may be too late to retrain it.
"There's no guarantee that this bear will change its behavior," he said.
Carraway said contrary to intuition, the more development that takes place in the mountains, the more the bear population increases.
"The main factors are more roads, ..., 17 Dec 2012 [cached]
"The main factors are more roads, more people, more traffic," said biologist Mike Carraway, Mountain Region Supervisor for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
And, Carraway said, while there may be fewer hunters, they are killing more deer than ever.
Total deer harvest registered with the NCWRC for 1985 was 55,074. In 2011, hunters bagged 173,553. Ashe County's deer harvest for the same year was 2,683 - five deer per square mile of hunting land - up from 1,641 in 1996.
Poaching and predation also contribute to attrition in deer populations, Carraway said.
With more deer being killed by bullet and automobiles, population growth is puzzling. Carraway offers a counter-intutive explanation: humans are encroaching on their natural habitat.
"Every time a new housing development goes in, it creates a sanctuary," said Carraway. "They provide good grassland forage, ornamental plants and forest cover."
And, he said, hunters and predators are conspicuously absent on suburban and rural tract developments.
Mike Carraway has been the ... [cached]
Mike Carraway has been the Western North Carolina district biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Commission for over 30 years. He advises that there are measures that members of a community can take to keep occurrences of rabies cases down.
"If people are feeding wild animals in the backyard and attracting a lot of individual animals to a feeding site, it increases the risk of disease transmission because all of those animals are congregating in one place at one time," Carraway said.
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