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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on the Compatibility Determination for Deer Hunting at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2007


Contacts:

Tim Cooper, (252) 429-3100 ext. 26
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291


A Compatibility Determination for Hunting Deer on Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Currituck County is available for a 15-day public review beginning March 5, 2007. The comment period will end March 20, 2007.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of updating the Deer Hunting Plan for Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge . Prior to finalizing the plan, Federal law requires that the Service first determine that this use is compatible with Refuge purposes. 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. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed refuge uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility. A draft compatibility determination has been crafted for the proposed uses and is currently available for public review.

Copies of the Compatibility Determination can be requested from the refuge or downloaded at http://www.fws.gov/mackayisland

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Tim Cooper, 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: tim_cooper@fws.gov.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge currently encompasses 8,219 acres and is located in both Currituck County, North Carolina and the city of Virginia Beach, VA.. Hunting opportunities are limited to deer hunting; however, the refuge is open to fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, interpretation, and environmental education.

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 94 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 542 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 nationally 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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