Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 39
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC 27950

Contact: Mike Hoff 252-429-3100
email: Mike_Hoff@fws.gov


News Release

November 5, 2010

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed White-tailed Deer and Feral Hog Hunting Program.

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public input beginning November 8, 2010 on proposed regulations to allow hunting for white-tailed deer and feral hogs. Comments will be accepted through December 7, 2010. Two public meetings will be held. The first one will be in Corolla, NC at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education on November 15, 2010 at 1 PM; the second will occur in Currituck, NC on November 16, 2010 at 7 PM in the Board Meeting room in the Historic Currituck County Courthouse. The Draft Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determination for the proposed hunt may be viewed at http://www.fws.gov/currituck/.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of updating the Hunting Plan for Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Prior to finalizing the plan, Federal law requires that the Service determine that this use is compatible with Refuge purposes and a thorough Environmental Assessment is completed. A compatible use is any use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System mission or the purposes for establishing the Refuge.

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Mike Hoff, Refuge Manager, at Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, P. O. Box 39, Knotts Island, North Carolina 27950; (252) 429-3100 X 26. Email comments can be provided to the following address: mike_hoff@fws.gov.