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for Friend of Wildlife Vol. 39 Issue 2, Mar/Apr 1992
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The N.C. Wildlife Federation was formed in 1947 to help create the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, a state wildlife agency that ran on sound science, not politics. As society changes, questions about a new role for the Commission are being raised. Today the Commission must balance its resources to provide protection for game and nongame species of plants and animals.
This year there is much debate over whether to strengthen or weaken the Endangered Species Act. The dilemma in North Carolina is that with habitat destruction comes the destruction of plants and animals, such as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, leatherback sea turtle, and flying squirrel.
Wildlife diseases most often appear in a population when the population level gets high and they become more susceptible to infections and infestations. In North Carolina, rabies in wildlife is rare but possible. Outdoor recreationists and hunters should also be aware of Lyme disease, rabbit fever, and epizootic hemorrhagic disease.