Recently, we’ve received many expressions of interest and concern regarding participation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees at an upcoming Wildlife Society conference.
As part of that conference, two Service biologists are presenting a workshop designed to help wildlife biologists and other conservationists effectively communicate the best available science on the effects on wildlife from free-ranging domestic cats. The Service has no national policy concerning trap-neuter-release programs or feral cats.
The Service has a long history of support for The Wildlife Society, the nation’s premier professional society dedicated to wildlife biology. This workshop is one of many presentations, papers and other activities by Service employees taking place at the conference, and the Service is a sponsor of the conference as a whole. As part of our effort to develop and increase the Service’s scientific capacity, we encourage our staff to participate in professional scientific meetings such as this one to learn and share the best available science and to network with other scientists in our country and abroad.
In order to protect the independence and integrity of their work and the quality of the scientific information generated, the Service does not review or edit their work based on its potential policy implications. Any findings or conclusions presented at this workshop, as well as other scientific papers and presentations by Service employees, are those of the organizers and do not necessarily represent those of the Fish and Wildlife Service.