People who venture to the coast are becoming more likely to see American alligators in the wild as the reptiles’ population grows. And coastal residents have to live with these toothy neighbors.
To manage the gator population, the state of North Carolina is developing a management plan, and the public’s input is needed.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Alligator Task Force are holding three public forums to receive public comment on alligator management.
Forums will be 7 to 9 p.m. on three dates: Nov. 1 at Town Hall in Leland, Nov. 2 at the Parks and Recreation Department in Swansboro and Nov. 3 at the Dare County Center in Manteo.
The 15-member task force is charged with writing an management plan.
Commission staff will not present proposals for changes in regulations governing alligator hunting, the commission said. This past February, the commission voted down a proposal for a limited season in order to gather more information.
Comments also can be submitted to Allen Boynton, the commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military event: The Onslow Bay Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina is hosting is fall 2016 Wounded Warrior Fishing Day on Oct. 29 in Swansboro.
“We have a great turnout this year, with probably 63 fishermen on 30 volunteer captains’ boats,” event coordinator Daniel Ervin of Cape Carteret said.
The chapter welcomes donations to support the event, which hosts veterans and active duty men and women from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Marines from the Marine Special Operations Command.
“We foot the bill to have the fishermen put up here in the local hotel, and almost everything else is volunteered,” Ervin said.
The event starts with a captains meeting and dinner Oct. 28.
Fly fishing: The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has a new location at 210 Main St. in Bryson City.
The museum, formerly in Cherokee, will host Smoky Mountains Hook and Hackle event with expert fly tiers 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4-5 at the Birdtown Complex between Bryson City and Cherokee. Learn more at www.flyfishingmuseum.org.
Tournament: The $10,000 Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament takes place Oct. 28-30 in Cherokee. Entry costs $225. Learn more at www.fishcherokee.com.
Benefit: Operation North State, which hosts fishing events for wounded warriors and disabled veterans, is accepting the names of 1,500 N.C. deployed troops to receive the free NCCARES Christmas Boxes. Donations of items or postage are welcome, founder Terry Snyder said. Call 336-764-5967 or email email@example.com. Follow the seventh annual project on Facebook.com; search for Operation North State.
Hiking: Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is collecting memories of longtime trail advocate and guide book author Allen de Hart, who died Oct. 14 at age 90. Send memories or ideas for honoring de Hart to Kate Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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