Mitch Ellis, Kofa NWR, 928/783-7861
Elizabeth Slown, 505-248-6909/363-9592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service formally opened a public scoping process today as part of their efforts to develop a mountain lion management plan on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in
Substantive comments and concerns gathered during the scoping period will be reviewed by the Service and factored into alternative management strategies. Those alternatives will be presented in a draft environmental assessment, which will be available for public comment and review prior to finalizing the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge mountain lion management plan.
The Refuge contains a major portion of the largest contiguous habitat for desert bighorn sheep in southwestern
Once a very robust population, the size of the herd on the refuge has dropped significantly over the past few years. Wildlife experts attribute the decline to a variety of potential factors including drought, predation, water availability, disease and human disturbance. The management of mountain lions is proposed as part of a multi-faceted program to meet the objectives for desert bighorn sheep on the Refuge. The mountain lion management plan will include strategies for addressing impacts of mountain lions on the bighorn sheep population.
The public is encouraged to visit the Kofa Refuge website at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/kofa/ for additional background information. Comments must be submitted in writing. Electronic comments can be sent to KofaLionComments@fws.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
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