Perhaps you’ve seen a yellowish doglike creature with a bushy tail dart across a road. Or you’ve heard a late-night howling, yipping chorus. You might have seen or heard coyotes.
Most associated with the western United States, coyotes inhabit all 100 counties in North Carolina and have reached the Outer Banks, too. To help human residents learn about the wily predators in urban, suburban or rural areas, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has expanded last year’s pilot program of free workshops on coyote conflict management.
“We’re trying to put the best information possible in front of the public. Workshops and in-person meetings are the best way,” said Jessie Birckhead, an Extension biologist with the Wildlife Management Division who will present with District 3 biologist Greg Batts.
A Wake County workshop is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. The first with an urban focus, the workshop, conducted with N.C. State Cooperative Extension and U.S. Wildlife Services, is geared toward anyone who has questions about coyotes, Birckhead said.
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An Aug. 3 session is planned in Forsyth County. Duplin County will host on Aug. 7, Cleveland County on Aug. 8 and Swain County on Aug. 10.
Attendance has averaged more than 50, from hunters and landowners to curious suburbanites and pet owners. Advance registration is required; call 919-707-0068, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more sessions at www.ncwildlife.org/Have-A-Problem/Coyote-Workshops.
Wildlife: The Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at its headquarters in Raleigh. Find an agenda package at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices. Live audio will be available online.
Kayak and SUP: The ninth TJM Charity Kayak and SUP Fishing Tournament takes place Saturday for kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders in inshore waters along the Cape Fear Coast at Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Proceeds benefit the New Hanover Humane Society. The $60 fee is due July 28. Call 910-792-6945, or go to www.hooklineandpaddle.com.
Shotgunning: Fishermen trade fishing poles for shotguns Aug. 27, when Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina hosts its third Sportsman’s Conservation Legacy Shootout at Drake Landing in Fuquay-Varina. Entry costs $150. Register at http://ccanc.org/product/shootout/.
Atlantic fisheries: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will conduct webinars for public input on management measures affecting red snapper and Atlantic cobia in federal waters.
▪ Amendment 43 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan would modify the annual catch limit for red snapper. A question-and-answer session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 3, followed by public hearings at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 10.
▪ With Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan, cobia harvest will be discussed in a public scoping meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
Register for a webinar or submit comments at http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule/.
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