Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Kern National Wildlife Refuge Delays Hunt Opening Due To Drought Conditions

Oct 28, 2014

October 28, 2014
Contact: Cindy Sandoval, 916/978-6159 

Kern National Wildlife Refuge Delays Hunt Opening Due To Drought Conditions

Sacramento - Due to the severe drought conditions throughout California, waterfowl hunting on Kern National Wildlife Refuge will be delayed. The delay will be in effect until enough wetland acres are flooded to support a hunt program at the refuge. Drought conditions in the state have had a major effect on everyone that relies on water and has impacted the amount of habitat that Kern NWR can provide for migratory waterfowl.

“Although there has been a decrease in water allocation this year, it is our goal to flood acres to provide habitat on the refuge and hopefully provide recreational opportunities later this winter,” said Project Leader Nick Stanley.

As waterfowl return to California, refuge management and staff will continue to plan for the optimal use of water for wildlife and habitat. Kern NWR will continue to update their website and the hunter hotline to provide the most current information about the hunt program.

Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that is recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.  As practiced on refuges, hunting and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management. The Service and Kern NWR staff appreciate the support of the hunting community through this severe drought.

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