This week on the Down East Journal, the results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey. We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population. And, we highlight a free event commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Over the past 30 years, black bear populations in North Carolina have increased fivefold. We talk about new hunting policies in place to help stabilize their numbers.
According to NC’s Wildlife Resources Commission, Eastern North Carolina’s black bear population has made a comeback. Today, the population sits at just over 10,000, compared to the paltry 2,000 three decades ago.
“The increase in the bear population has been occurring since the early 1980’s.”
INTRO – The public is being asked for its input as a state agency continues the task of managing the reemergence of a bird whose numbers had dwindled severely by the 1970s. George Olsen has more.
Jonathan Shaw started as a District II wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 2005. At that time the Commission’s turkey biologist was soon to retire and he was hoping to go out by meeting a particular goal.