FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2002
The draft EIS analyzes options for managing rapidly growing populations of non-migratory, or resident, Canada geese in order to reduce and stabilize resident Canada goose populations, reduce conflicts with humans, and minimize impacts to property and human health and safety.
“This EIS will determine our long-range management strategy for resident Canada geese, and we encourage the public to voice their concerns and help us improve it. The damage these geese cause is a growing nationwide problem, and everyone has a stake in seeing these conflicts reduced,” said Service Director Steve Williams.
Under the proposed alternative identified in the draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Service would grant State wildlife agencies expanded authority to undertake approved population control strategies, such as nest and egg destruction, trapping and culling programs, and expanded hunting opportunities.
Aside from the proposed alternative, the EIS analyzes other alternatives, including continuing current management practices unchanged; implementing non-lethal methods such as harassment and habitat management designed to make areas less attractive to geese; expanded hunting opportunities; and creating various depredation orders allowing expanded lethal take of resident geese. A 90-day public comment period on the draft EIS will remain open until May 30, 2002.
Dates, locations and times of the public meetings follow:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores national significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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