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This May, the second annual “Critter Crawl” kicks off at Grandfather Mountain. The 5K race begins in MacRae Meadows and ends at the top of Grandfather Mountain. All proceeds directly benefit upcoming renovations to the Grandfather Mountain eagle habitats.

 existing eagle habitats are currently vacant after longtime resident and oldest animal in the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats, Morely the golden eagle, passed away of natural causes on January 1.

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Wednesday morning in Macon County saw snowfall of varying amounts, from just a dusting in some areas to up to four inches in the northern parts of the county and in the higher elevations.

Many are hoping this is the last hurrah for winter as spring is set to arrive in two weeks. Forecasters predict a warmup for the upcoming weekend.

Photos by Betsey Gooder and Teresa Tabor

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Duke Energy has completed all the major work at the new Barkers Creek and Locust Creek access areas on the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County. They are free to the public.

The Barkers Creek access area, located on Hwy. 74 at River Mile 26.8, near Whittier, N.C., includes a boat ramp suitable for launching canoes, kayaks and small drift boats.

Duke Energy incorporated vegetated rain gardens into the site, which filter storm water runoff prior to entering the river to help maintain water quality.

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State and federal wildlife officials in North Carolina and Georgia announced last week an undercover operation that involved about 80 wildlife violators and some 980 violations.

Primary violations documented by Operation Something Bruin stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of state wildlife and game law charges. Some suspects could also face federal charges.

The four-year investigation, the largest of its kind in recent years, targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with work in some adjacent states.

Operation Something Bruin partners also included the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

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