Category Archives: WILDLIFE

Black Bear management to be discussed April 6

Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service NEW BERN — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct five public meetings to gather input regarding black bear management, with New Bern being the closest venue for County Compass readers. The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums “We take these meetings seriously,” said Dr. David Cobb, chief of the Commissi…

Tillis: ‘End The Red Wolf Recovery Program’

Thom Tillis WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended and spoke at a House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s management of wolves. Tillis called for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to formally end its Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina. Since it was created 30 years ago, the Red Wolf Recovery Program has failed to meet population recovery goals for the red wolf while negatively affecting North Carolina landowners and the populations of several other native species. 514 priv…

One man can fight the federal bureaucracy!

Large N.C. landowner Jett Ferebee slugs it out with Red Wolf policy makers Read the complete report (209 pages) Editor’s note:  In a departure from normal bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo, a 200-page report released this week, titled ‘Red Wolf Recovery Team Recommendations,’ contains a fascinating section. Appendix G features candid, verbatim give-and-take among opponents of the Red Wolf Program – led by Jett Ferebee who owns a large tract in Northeastern North Carolina – and proponents of the program, which include federal officials, scientists, and academic-types. Alert rea…

Artists sought for Duck Stamp competition

Last year’s winning artwork came from Guy Crittenden, a Virginia wildlife artist. WASHINGTON, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority are seeking artists’ entries for the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2016 at the Washington Tourism Development Authority, 108 Gladden Street, Washington, N.C. 27889. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2016-17 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp. It, along with the oth…

Hybrid ‘coy-wolves’ killing young deer

NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – This June 9 photo, taken by a trail camera on the farm of large landowner Jett Ferebee, confirms that deer and other wildlife are being decimated by a genetic hybrid of coyotes and wolves. Ferebee contends the federal government’s 30-year attempt to introduce red wolves into a five-county area of northeastern North Carolina is a failed experiment.…

Duck’s eye view: Impoundments look great!

On the ground: Residents have a different perspective Ducks have been flying over Goose Creek Island even before 1750. Ouch! Many on the Island, think the corner of this new duck impoundment seems a bit too close to an existing home. GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – From the air, this remote northeast corner of Pamlico County looks like an ideal stopping spot for migratory waterfowl cruising the Atlantic Flyway, especially so in recent years with an unprecedented proliferation of man-made duck impoundments. However, down on the ground, these shallow, flooded feeding grounds – designed to attract…

Open letter to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Landowner says Red Wolf never roamed eastern North Carolina Click on image to enlarge By Jett Ferebee To: Ms. Sharneka Harvey U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — The Endangered Species Act 10(J) rule specifically states that a nonessential experimental population of wolves may only be released within their historical range.  The attached Department of Interior map — commissioned by the DOI to determine the historical range of the red wolf for the species’ reintroduction program — clearly shows that the red wolf was never native to the State o…

State’s red wolves may be on their way out

By Fred Bonner | Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Fred Bonner is a respected wildlife biologist, avid hunter, and outdoors columnist, who has first-hand knowledge of the state’s Red Wolf Program, which began in 1987. EASTERN N.C. — A recent report from the Wildlife Management Institute to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and to our own North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission really blasts the way that the red wolf introduction (not RE-introduction) has been conducted here in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrell, Dare and Washington Counties since the late 1980s…

Red wolf foes gain momentum

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GREENVILLE – Red wolf foes took advantage of the largest football crowd in the history of East Carolina University to display an airplane-pulled banner Saturday afternoon, minutes before the Pirates’ 70 to 41 pummeling of the UNC-CH Tar Heels. There’s no telling how many of the 51,000 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium fans pulled out smart phones to ‘Google’ the phrase “Red Wolf Restoration Scandal.” Those who did would have seen dozens of links tons to publicity and documents decrying a multi-million dollar federal effort, originally begun in…

Landowner makes case to end Red Wolf Recovery Program

A trail camera on a large farm owned by Jett Ferebee records images of red wolves, coyotes, and hybrids known as coy-wolves – created by inbreeding between the two species. By Jett Ferebee | Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Jett Ferebee owns a large tract in Tyrrell County, which he calls Bee Tree Farm. The location shares a long border with the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, where red wolves were introduced in the late 1980s. Mr. Ferebee recently submitted this document, titled RED WOLF FACTS, ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. EASTERN…
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