Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Special Rule under Endangered Species Act Endorsing Landmark State Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken
December 2013 Following months of landmark cooperation between the Service and the five range states of the lesser prairie-chicken, the agency is taking the next step in supporting state efforts to conserve the species and its habitat. The Service will accept comments for 30 days on a proposed revised 4(d) special rule that would exempt from regulation under the ESA activities harmful to the prairie-chicken (“take”) if incidental to carrying out the state-developed range-wide lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan, in the event the species warrants listing as “threatened” under the ESA. The proposed revised 4(d) special rule would also exempt take incidental to landowner participation in the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative. Public comments will be accepted until January 10, 2014.
The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Announce the Selection of Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Projects
December 2013 The N.M. Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) (collectively, the Trustees) announce the selection of seven restoration projects to be implemented in southwestern New Mexico to restore wildlife and wildlife habitat natural resources. The restoration projects represent a diverse regional portfolio of projects that focus on birds and provide a maximum benefit to regional wildlife resources.
The Trustees are restoring these natural resources as a result of a natural resource damage assessment and subsequent settlement with Freeport-McMoRan (FMI) for their Chino, Cobre and Tyrone mine facilities. The settlement required FMI pay $5.5 million for restoration of injured wildlife and wildlife habitat and transfer 714 acres of grassland to the City of Rocks State Park to settle allegations that the company injured terrestrial and wildlife resources as a result of discharges of hazardous substances from the mine facilities.
Green winged teal. Photo credit: John Klavitter, USFWS.
USFWS Special Agent Badge. Photo credit: USFWS.
Compliance Plan Related to 2012 Migratory Bird Kill in Texas Now in Place
November 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) learned of a large migratory bird kill at the Johnson Tank Farm Pond, owned and operated by Phillips 66 and WRB Refining (Borger), in Hutchison County, Texas, in August 2012. Approximately 260 waterfowl, mostly teal, were recovered from the three million barrel brine water pond spanning 22 acres. Borger self-reported the kill and immediately began implementing hazing efforts in an attempt to keep migratory birds off of the pond. Additionally, Borger established an emergency treatment center to triage injured birds at the Borger facility. On November 22, 2013, the Department of the Interior with the Service, along with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Phillips 66 Company and the WRB Refining LP, entered into an Agreement and Compliance Plan regarding operations at this facility.
November 2013 On Thursday, November 21, the elevation in Lake Mohave was low enough to starve the rainbow trout production water pumps at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery (NFH). The loss of water flow affected six raceways causing no water to be able to flow through to fish. Three of the six raceways under production were loaded light enough that they did not have any fish losses at the time the issue was noted. Staff were able to pull screens to release live fish from these raceways, where they were then drained into Lake Mohave, saving 11,105 fish weighting a total of 7,782 pounds.
Unfortunately, the three other raceways were lost and no fish survived. The total loss for those raceways was 20,880 fish, weighing a total of 13,420 pounds.
NFWF Announces $8.8 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Texas
On November 14, 2013, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $8.8 million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Texas. The projects, developed in consultation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas General Land Office and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement Project will receive $1.25 million of the $8.8 million for the Texas Chenier Plain and Mid-Coast area of Texas. The Project will establish a minimum of 3,000 additional acres of permanent wetlands and enroll 20,000 acres of agricultural lands to be flooded seasonally to support migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds. The funds will go to Ducks Unlimited and will be leveraged with other financial and technical support provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NRCS and TPWD.
Service Designates Critical Habitat for the Jemez Mountain Salamander Under the Endangered Species Act
November 2013 The Fish and Wildlife Service designated approximately 90,716 acres in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties as critical habitat for the Jemez Mountains salamander. This final rule becomes effective on December 20, 2013. The Service listed this salamander as endangered on September 10, 2013.
Habitat loss, degradation, and modification through the interrelated effects from severe wildland fire, historical and current fire management practices, forest composition and structure conversions, and climate change are the primary threats to this species. There are no unoccupied areas proposed to be designated as critical habitat. Land ownership is primarily federal, with 87,840 acres on federal lands, 73 acres on State lands, and 2,803 acres on private land.
Whooping Cranes spotted at Brazoria NWR. Photo credit: Jennifer Wilson, USFWS.
Whooping Crane Spotted at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
November 2013 On November 15, 2013, a whooping crane was photographed hanging out with thousands of Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl at a moist soil unit of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). A former fallow field choked with invasive woody plants, Texas R.I.C.E. constructed the project to recreate a functioning and effective wetland for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Service's Coastal Program, Brazoria NWR and partners like Texas R.I.C.E. have been working together to restore prairie and wetlands in the area, both on and off the refuge, for many years. The visiting whooping crane was able to use this wetland because of generous support provided by the Houston Endowment, Meadows Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Shell Marine Program, Trull Foundation, Hershey Foundation, Hamman Foundation, North American Wetland Conservation Fund, Coastal Impact Assistance Program and hard work and assistance from staff of the Brazoria NWR and Coastal Program.
Retired Gila trout broodstock from the Mora NFH are stocked into streams for angling opportunities. Photo credit: USFWS.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Says No Fish Hatchery Closures this Year Report just released highlights budget challenges
November 15, 2013
The Service does not intend to close any of the nation’s national fish hatcheries in the current fiscal year. The report released today serves as the basis of discussions with stakeholders on how best to operate the system in a more sustainable manner while supporting the agency’s highest fish and aquatic conservation priorities.
Sandhill cranes are one of the many migratory bird species that benefit from the Playa Lakes Joint Ventures conservation programs. Photo credit: USFWS.
Playa Lakes Joint Venture solicits proposals for 2014 ConocoPhillips Grant Program
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) announces the availability of funding for projects within the Joint Venture's boundaries. Funding is available for proposals in three categories — habitat conservation, research, and outreach — with the majority of the funding dedicated to habitat conservation projects. Funding is limited to no more than $25,000 per project. The PLJV supports and promotes habitat conservation for wintering, migrating and breeding birds in portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo credit: Bill O'Brian, USFWS.
Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative Going Strong in Southwest
November 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced its Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative (Initiative), an agency effort that will reflect the diverse perspectives, values and cultures of all Americans. With 80 percent of the United States population living in urban areas, the Service’s Initiative brings the wildlife conservation mission and outdoor recreation programs to where the people are, cities both big and small. Of the Service’s eight national Urban Refuge Partnerships, two are in the Southwest Region – Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas.
Check Out The Southwest Region's Migrating Mondays, Wildlife Wednesdays, and Fishery Fridays
The USFWS Southwest Region would like to invite you to follow us on our Facebook page, and Twitter account. Sign on and stay up-to-date on regional news while participating in our newest social media campaign; “Migrating Mondays”, “Wildlife Wednesdays”, and “Fishery Fridays." This social media campaign gives insight into our wonderful programs and the staff whose efforts make a difference for fish and wildlife here in the Southwest region. We are excited to share interesting, odd, and exciting information about different species, plants or projects and look forward to sharing information through our social media platforms. See you there!
Rio Reforestation - This popular event draws volunteers from across the Lower Rio Grande Valley who spend a half day helping plant native trees and shrubs on the refuge. Photo credit: USFWS.
22nd Annual Rio Reforestation is Great Success!
Hundreds joined in the 22nd Annual Rio Reforestation on Saturday morning to help preserve the many plants and wildlife of the Resaca Del Rancho Viejo tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Every year the Valley Proud Environmental Council partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hold the event. This year, the volunteers planted 36 species of trees and shrubs. The plant life includes native species such as goat bush, thorn scrub, butterfly bush, torchwood and fiddlewood to help attract animal species native to the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
A Tip to "Operation Game Thief” Hotline Led to Multi-State Investigation
November 2013 An Oklahoma City resident, Kyle McCormack, was sentenced to serve a one-year probation and pay $500 fine after being convicted of illegal transportation of wildlife in interstate commerce, a violation of the Lacey Act, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. McCormack also agreed to pay $2,500 into the Lacey Act Reward Account. This case is the result of an investigation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and other State agencies.
"The Fish and Wildlife Service aggressively pursues unlawful activities involving our nation's fish and wildlife,” said Special Agent in Charge Nicholas Chavez. Adding, “We work cooperatively with state law enforcement agencies as these partnerships have increased our success rate in investigations crossing state lines."
Eco-Tourism Guide Caught Smuggling Seven Snakes on Planeto U.S.
November 2013 An eco-tourism guide was sentenced three years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,300 fine for smuggling seven live snakes concealed in his jacket on a plane flying out of Peru and into East Texas. Peruvian law prohibits the exportation of wild live animals coming from the forest or jungle region unless the exporter has a properly issued ministerial order. This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Department of Public Safety.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endorses Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan Range-wide plan provides model for State leadership in conservation of a species proposed for listing under the ESA
October 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorsed the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan, a landmark, collaborative planning effort to conserve a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Range-Wide Plan represents a dedicated effort by the five range states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken, a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Service Revises Critical Habitat for Three Endangered Comal Invertebrates
October 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing the final revised critical habitat for the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, Comal Springs riffle beetle and Peck’s cave amphipod (three Comal species) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In total, approximately 169 acres in four units are being designated in Comal and Hays Counties, Texas.
All three Comal species are freshwater invertebrates found in spring systems – Comal, San Marcos, Hueco and Fern Bank – associated with the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world. The Trinity Aquifer may also provide some water to these spring systems, especially at Fern Bank Springs. The Comal Springs dryopid beetle is found in both Hays and Comal Counties. The Comal Springs riffle beetle and the Peck’s cave amphipod are only found in Comal County.
The final rule will be effective November 22, 2013, 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register. Copies of the final rule may be downloaded from the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/AustinTexas/.
Copies are also available at the Service’s Austin Ecological Services Field Office, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78758 or by calling 512-490-0057.
The paddlefish represents one of the oldest and most obscure of North America’s freshwater fish species. It is historically found throughout the Mississippi and Missouri River systems, and portions of the Great Lakes. Photo credit: USFWS.
Commercial Fisherman Sentenced for Trafficking Paddlefish “Caviar”
October 2013 In the case of the United States v. Robbie D. Tubbs et al., a commercial fisherman was found guilty of knowingly violating the Lacey Act and Oklahoma law by purchasing Paddlefish eggs with the intent of selling the eggs as caviar. The fisherman was
sentenced to six months incarceration on October 17, 2013. This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement, with assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Western Yellow Billed Cuckoo. Photo credit: Mark Dettling.
Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Proposed for Federal Protections Service Seeks Public Comments by December 2, 2013
October 2013 On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposed to list the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the U.S., the western yellow-billed cuckoo is known to occur in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
The Service is looking for information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species, and current efforts to protect the bird. To access the proposed rule and a specific outline of information requested by the Service, please visit our webpage.
( http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/Public-Advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/outreach_PA_Western-Yellow-Billed-Cuckoo.htm )
Comments for the proposal to list the western yellow-billed cukoo as a threatened species will be accepted through December 2, 2013.
This northern long-eared bat, observed in Illinois, shows symptoms of white-nose syndrome. Photo credit: Steve Taylor; University of Illinois.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status for the Northern Long-eared Bat Listing Not Warranted for Eastern Small-footed Bat
October 2013 On January 21, 2010, the Service received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity requesting that the northern long-eared bat and eastern small-footed bat be listed as threatened or endangered. After reviewing all available information on these bat species, we determined that listing the eastern small-footed bat was not warranted but listing the northern long-eared bat was warranted. Therefore on October 2, 2013, we published in theFederal Register a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered throughout its range under the Endangered Species Act.
The northern long-eared bat is found in the United States from the Atlantic Coast (Maine to Georgia), and westward, from North Dakota to northeast Oklahoma. In Canada it is found from the Atlantic Coast westward to the southern Yukon Territory and eastern British Columbia. As its name suggests, this bat is distinguished by its long ears, particularly as compared to other bats in its genus, Myotis.
The Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is Officially Open with End of Government Shutdown
October 17, 2013 With the end of the Government Shutdown yesterday, federal employees were asked to report to work on October 17. Offices and field stations of the Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are now open and the Region looks forward to continued service to the public.
A Message from Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
To All Employees of the Southwest Region:
The first thing I would like to do is thank you for keeping a “stiff upper lip” during this shut down. I know that this disruption in the appropriation process has been personally upsetting and frustrating, and in some cases created significant hardship on you and your families. I know how much you wanted to be at work and I am extremely proud of all of all our employees; for their professionalism, exemplary dedication and unmatched skills as stewards our natural resources.
Now that this is behind us I am reminded of an old English proverb, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Now that we have navigated these turbulent waters I think this adversity has just made us stronger and more focused. It will take us a little time to get back to normal but I have no doubt that each of you will do your part to help close that gap.
I know that there will be questions about a number of administrative issues. We are preparing Q & A materials to address issues such a payroll, time and attendance and other key issues that may generate questions. Our commitment is to communicate all pertinent information to you as quickly as possible. However if you have specific questions that are not addressed by these materials, please contact Human Resources.
We have to make sure that we continue to look forward and work together to put this unpleasant period behind us. You need to know that America values our public servants for the extraordinary service and sacrifice that they provide to this country. And as U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, America values you for the same reasons. Let’s get back to our mission – “working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”
Thank you again for your patience, commitment, everything that you do to contribute to our agency’s mission, I am proud to represent you as your Regional Director.
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge holds a trash clean up for National Pubic Lands Day. Photo credit: USFWS.
Trinity River Refuge National Public Lands Day Cleanup Results
September 2013 Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge along with the Friends of Trinity River Refuge hosted a trash cleanup day at the Hwy 105 Trinity River bridge on September 28th. The cleanup event was part of a national effort for National Public Lands Day. Nearly 30 volunteers assisted in picking up litter and filling an entire 7’ x 18’ trailer and back of a pick-up truck. The 175 filled trash bags, 10 tires, and even a commode totaled some 2,000 pounds. Aluminum cans were separated for recycling but only about 3 pounds were collected. The cleanup crew consisted of Scout Troop 8 from Dayton, Liberty High School students representing the 1,000 Club, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society, Friends of Trinity River Refuge, American Conservation Experience team, and refuge staff.
The Trinity River cleanup resulted in a truck and trailer removal of trash. Photo credit: USFWS.
Jennifer Owen White, Refuge Manager of Valle de Oro NWR addresses the gathering at National Public Lands Day. Photo credit: Stevanna Price, USFWS.
National Public Lands Day EventHeld at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
September 2013 ALBUQUERQUE, NM– On Saturday, September 28, The Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Friends of the Valle de Oro, held an open house community planning event at the first urban refuge located in Bernalillo County's South Valley. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day which was established in order to celebrate the beautiful lands that have been set aside as natural spaces for endangered species, plants, and the American people.
Hawk handler Peggy Mccormick at the National Public Lands Day at Valle de Oro NWR. Photo credit: Stevanna Price, USFWS.
The event was attended by members of the public, the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, the New Mexico Outdoors Coalition, the Mountain View Neighborhood Association and representatives from several other environmental groups. The Valle de Oro Refuge Manager, Jennifer Owen White addressed the gathering to kick off a monthly public access day until the Refuge is able to open to the public.
Acuña cactus. The acuña cactus is a small spherical cactus that occurs in valleys and on small knolls and gravel ridges in the Sonoran Desert scrub of southern Arizona. Photo credit: J. Rorabaugh, USFWS.
Two Arizona Cacti Receive Endangered Species Act Protection
The acuña cactus, a small spherical cactus that occurs in valleys and on small knolls and gravel ridges in southern Arizona, and the quarter-sized Fickeisen plains cactus of northern Arizona will receive Endangered Species Act protection. The Service's final determination of locations where federal agencies can assist in protecting the species' critical habitat will be announced shortly.
Red Knot on shore. Photo credit: Frank Weaver, USFWS.
Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act Declining food supply and habitat are seen as threats for a remarkable shorebird that migrates thousands of miles each year
September 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a proposal to list the rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that annually migrates from the Canadian Arctic to southern Argentina, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed rule will be available for 60 days of public comment.
Red knots on shoreline. Credit: Frank Weaver, USFWS.
According to the investigation, Sipes transported and possessed 14 live, illegally imported white- tailed deer. Photo credit: USFWS.
Shreveport Man Sentenced for Illegally Transporting Deer in East Texas
September 2013 TYLER, Texas – Based on evidence collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement, Stephen Anderson Sipes Jr., a 57-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana man, has been sentenced to pay over $14,000 in restitution and serve 48 hours of community service as conditions of a two
year probated sentence for federal wildlife violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Sipes pleaded guilty on June 10, 2013, to a one-count criminal information charging him with negligent of transportation of wildlife.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Holds National Public Lands Day Event: Planning for the Future of the Refuge
ALBUQUERQUE, NM– In association with of the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, the New Mexico Outdoors Coalition, the Mountain View Neighborhood Association and representatives from several other environmental groups will be hosting a community planning event. On Saturday, September 28th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Valle de Oro NWR visitors will have the opportunity to give input into the future of the refuge.
According to the investigation, Wang attempted to ship two elephant ivory carvings. Examples of carved ivory objects include small statuary, netsukes, jewelry,
and flatware handles. Photo credit: FWS Forensics Laboratory.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Investigation Leads to Sentencing in Texas Wildlife Smuggling Case
September 2013 A 44-year-old Chinese national living in Plano, Texas has been sentenced for customs violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Shichen Wang pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of negligent attempted transportation of wildlife sold in violation of law and was given an 11 month probated sentence and fined $3,000.
"One of the primary objectives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to combat the international smuggling of wildlife from the U. S.,” said Southwest Region’s Special Agent in Charge Nicholas Chavez. “This seizure was a great example of a multi-agency interdiction effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement and the U. S. Customs and Border Protection.”
Neches River rose-mallow. Photo Credit: Amber Miller.
Two East Texas Plants Protected Under the Endangered Species Act
September 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the listing of the Texas golden gladecress and the Neches River rose-mallow under the Endangered Species Act (Act) and the designation of approximately 1,519 acres of critical habitat for both species in east Texas. The Service is listing the Texas golden gladecress as endangered and the Neches River rose-mallow as threatened.
The Service is designating approximately 1,519 acres of critical habitat for both species in east Texas. Critical habitat for the Texas golden gladecress will include four units comprising approximately 1,353 acres in San Augustine and Sabine Counties, Texas. Critical habitat for the Neches River rose-mallow will include 11 units comprising approximately 166.5 acres in Houston, Trinity, Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Harrison Counties, Texas.
The Texas golden gladecress is a winter annual plant that is known to occur naturally in San Augustine and Sabine Counties in east Texas. The Neches River rose-mallow is a non-woody perennial plant that is known to occur naturally in Cherokee, Houston, Harrison and Trinity Counties in east Texas.
Service Protects the Jemez Mountain Salamander Under the Endangered Species Act
September 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) took action today to protect the Jemez Mountains salamander (Plethodon neomexicanus) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (Act). The salamander is found in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties. This final rule becomes effective on October 10, 2013. The final critical habitat designation will be announced in the near future.
The Service proposed listing the Jemez Mountains salamander, and to designate critical habitat, on September 20, 1012, and opened a 60 day public comment period. After reviewing the comments received, and using the best available science, the Service determined that the salamander does require the protection of the Act.
September 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the public comment period until October 28 on two proposed rules to remove the gray wolf from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species, while maintaining protection and expanding recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest, where it remains endangered. The Service also announced a series of public hearings to ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to comment. Each public hearing will include a short informational presentation. The Albuquerque hearing takes place on October 4 at the Embassy Suites and will be a combined hearing on the gray wolf delisting proposal and the proposal to revise the existing nonessential experimental population designation of the Mexican wolf.
Deer at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: USFWS.
Trinity River Refuge Offers Big Game Hunt Opportunities
September 2013 The 2013 Big Game hunting opportunities are now available on the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge's website. Various tracts in Liberty County, totaling nearly 7,000 acres, will be open to Big Game Hunting for deer and hog.The hunt will be by lottery draw. Lottery applications for Big Game will be accepted between Sept. 3 and Sept. 27, 2013. The public drawing for the hunt will be held on October 4, at 10 a.m. at the Refuge, located at 601 FM1011, Liberty, Texas.