The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission adopted proposed changes to elk management regulations (15A NCAC 10B .0106 – Wildlife Taken for Depredations) during a telephonic commission meeting on Tuesdaymorning.
North Carolina statute allows landholders to take wildlife at any time with firearms without a permit or license while it is in the act of destroying their property. The adopted amendment will require a landowner who takes a depredating elk without a Commission-issued depredation permit to report that take to the Commission within 24 hours of the kill. Additionally, a landowner who takes a depredating elk with a Commission-issued depredation permit must report it on the form provided with the permit. The amendment will take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
The Commission voted to adopt the amendment after reviewing comments collected via mail, email and from a public hearing held in Haywood County in September.