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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 65 Issue 9, Sept 2001
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North Carolina's quail population is declining. A study conducted at North Carolina State University put to rest some long-held assumptions and pinpointed a main cause. Pesticides and predators were proven to be less of a direct cause than had been thought, with loss of habitat being the chief reason for the decline.
The National Park Service has reintroduced elk to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In June 2001, a 40- pound elk was born, the first-elk born in the Smokies in 150 years. Whether or not the elk will be able to reproduce is one question the five-year Smokies elk experiment should answer.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission's program to promote black bear, turkey, and deer populations has been phenomenally successful. Now the agency is starting a five-year program called Cooperative Upland-Habitat Restoration and Enhancement, or CURE. Powell describes the program which will promote small-game populations like quail.
Deen describes the many activities of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officer Mike Edmisten.