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Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Hunting and Fishing on Refuges

Cara J

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is expanding hunting and fishing opportunities across the National Wildlife Refuge System. The new rules directly impact 21 refuges, with sport fishing being introduced to four refuges and hunting being introduced to one. This brings the total amount of wildlife refuges that allow hunting to 336 and the total that allow fishing to 275. The National Wildlife Refuge System consists of 562 refuges and administers them for the conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States. Refuges provide opportunities for many wildlife-dependent recreational activities, with six primary activities of environmental education, interpretation, photography, wildlife observation, hunting, and fishing. New hunting opportunities for migratory birds will be available for youth at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Sport fishing will be offered at Ardhoch, Lake Alice, Rose Lake, and Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota. An additional 16 refuges across 14 states will expand their hunting and fishing opportunities, allowing new types of activities on top of what was previously available. One such refuge, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, will allow big game hunting in addition to the [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/fish-and-wildlife-service-expands-hunting-and-fishing-on-refuges/

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