Archive for July, 2012

Jul 30, 2012

Night Hunting of Coyotes Endangers Red Wolf Recovery

For twenty-five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working to restore America’s endangered red wolves, with national wildlife refuges such as Alligator River NWR and Cape Romain NWR — both in North Carolina — playing a role in their recovery. Currently red wolves roam free only in North Carolina, but the state […]

Jul 29, 2012

Quivira NWR Experiencing Severe Drought Conditions

The Kansas City Star reports that Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas, along with Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, are experiencing some of the worst drought conditions in 20 years, leaving much of the marsh dried up. Each has thousands of acres of shallow water intermixed with lush marsh plants, making them the favored resting places […]

Jul 25, 2012

Home Values Higher Near National Wildlife Refuges

At a time when many Republicans are deriding the notion of creating new refuges or attempting to remove refuges from the National Wildlife Refuge System, we hear that a peer-reviewed national study, released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows that in urban areas across three regions of the country, owning a home near […]

Jul 24, 2012

USFWS Routinely Ignored Experts When Designating Endangered Species Habitat

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that a study published in the journal Bioscience finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service routinely ignored scientific peer review when designating protected critical habitat for endangered species. According to the study published this month, the agency ignored recommendations by scientific experts to add areas to critical habitat […]

Jul 17, 2012

Water with Sewage Released into St. Mark’s NWR in Florida

WCTV in northern Florida reports that water with sewage was released into St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. One million gallons of excess storm water was pumped into the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge Area last week. More water was also pumped into a neighborhood that borders that area. It’s what was in that water that […]

Jul 13, 2012

Shark Attack Described on USFWS Pacific Region Blog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a nice blog for the Pacific Region, and the most recent post describes a rescue of a Nature Conservancy diver who was attacked by a shark near Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean. According to the blog, “the amateur triage was so dramatic that the […]

Jul 13, 2012

USFWS Proposes to Increase Hunting on Numerous Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a proposal to open one new refuge to hunting and to expand hunting opportunities at 16 national wildlife refuges in 14 states. If approved, the proposal would provide additional public hunting opportunities in fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The proposal would […]

Jul 09, 2012

Americans Love their Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shared results from a peer-reviewed survey (commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and designed, conducted, and analyzed by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey) that showed 90 percent of respondents gave consistent high marks to all facets of their refuge experience. The survey evaluated responses from more […]

Jul 09, 2012

Bison Range Management and Tribes

Refuge Watch has reported about the ongoing controversy regarding the involvement of the Consolidated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the management of the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge in Montana. From May 15 through June 15, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepted comments on an Environmental Assessment, which will be prepared regarding the […]