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Wildlife officials offer guidance for wildlife encounters

Wildlife officials offer guidance for wildlife encounters Bill Lea photo

With spring arriving and wildlife encounters set to increase as the weather gets warmer, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) has helpful guidance for what to do when encountering various wildlife

The commission’s website offers advice on how to deal with bears, snakes, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, fawns and rare salamanders like hellbenders and mudpuppies. The one overarching theme across each of those areas is simple: avoid a close interaction if at all possible and let the animal go on its way and never feed or handle a wild animal.

Visit the commission’s website at ncwildlife.org to see its recommendations. Anyone with any questions or anyone wanting to report a wildlife issue, such as an orphaned cub or fawn, can call the N.C. Wildlife Helpline at 866.318.2401 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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