(a)  Size of Preserve.  Controlled fox hunting preserves operated for commercial purposes shall be an area of not less than 500 acres except that smaller areas containing terrain and topographical features which offer escape cover to the fox and coyote populations are allowed under specific approval by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

(b)  Boundary of Preserve.  A controlled fox hunting preserve must be enclosed with a dog‑proof fence that is also designed to prevent the escape of foxes and coyotes released within the pen.  This fencing must be maintained at all times.

(c)  Stocking Preserve With Game:

(1)           In addition to purchasing live foxes and coyotes as provided in G.S. 113‑273(g), operators of controlled fox hunting preserves may also purchase live foxes and coyotes from licensed controlled fox hunting preserves, licensed North Carolina fur propagators, or persons holding foxes legally under a North Carolina wildlife captivity license.

(2)           Licensed controlled fox hunting preserve operators may hold legally obtained foxes and coyotes under rules that apply to a captivity license and may transport legally acquired foxes and coyotes from the place of purchase to the controlled fox hunting preserve.

(3)           Foxes and coyotes may not be imported into North Carolina for release into controlled fox hunting preserves.

(4)           The release of exotic wildlife into the controlled fox hunting preserves is specifically prohibited.

(5)           The possession of exotic wildlife on controlled fox hunting preserves is specifically prohibited.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑273(g);

Eff. August 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.