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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 63 Issue 4, Apr 1999
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Northwest of Wilmington, between the confluence of the Cape Fear and Black rivers, lies Roan Island, 2,757 acres of swampy ground. It is accessible only by boat and has such wildlife as alligators, bears, deer, and wild turkeys. The Nature Conservancy purchased the island in 1998 and then turned it over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to manage. Today it is one of the commission's newest game lands.
The job of a wildlife officer is hard and dangerous. Chances of being killed are seven times higher than in other types of law enforcement. Over 1,000 apply for positions each year, but only 20 are chosen. Those selected undergo a rigorous sixteen-week training session at Salemburg that includes learning the basics of law enforcement, use of firearms, self-defense tactics, chase procedures, and evidence collection.