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Langer appointed Wildlife Commissioner

Dr. Tim Langer, a biologist known for his black bear research who currently teaches at N.C. State University, has joined the governing board of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Langer was appointed to the post by state Speaker of the House Joe Hackney. He was sworn in Aug. 29.

The 19-member board establishes policy and regulations governing hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced. Appointments are made by the governor, the house speaker and the president pro-tem of the state senate.

Langer is an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with a 1999 master’s degree and a 2006 Ph.D. in wildlife sciences.

“It was my past involvement with the Wildlife Resources Commission that made me want to become more involved,” said Langer, who worked with the Division of Wildlife Management on a 2003 study of candy blocks’ effects on bear health.

“I’m honored to have been considered by the speaker,” Langer said. “It’s a credit to Mr. Hackney to break the mold, to appoint an academic and increase the diversity of this board.”