Wildlife Refuges May Offer More Hunting
United States Fish and Wildlife services are proposing to increase hunting at 10 different wildlife refuges in 8 states. The areas are being overtaken with non-native and invasive species, such as feral pigs in Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Texas. US Fish and Wildlife services are taking public comments until August 4th before making their final decision on the proposal.
A team was sent to the refuges to determine if the site could handle the hunting, and what the ecological impact would be. It was then determined that the sites could handle an increase in hunting. At the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge three sites will be increasing their hunting opportunities, instead of 700 licenses there will be 1000 offered. Deer and feral pigs were not being managed, and this increase will help with management.
Crane Meadows National Refuge in Minnesota will be open to deer and turkey hunting for the first time ever. Coldwater River National Refuge in Mississippi is lifting bans on some migratory birds, and allowing deer and hog hunting for the first time. Currituck National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina would allow hunting deer and hogs. Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in Utah will allow hunting for elk and Ouray will allow turkey hunting. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana will allow migratory bird hunting. Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in Minnesota and Iowa, will open more land for migratory bird hunting, and upland big game hunting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will routinely change hunting regulations at the sites as the ecosystem allows. From The Miami Herald.