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Hunting Package Amendment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released an amendment to the 2020 hunting package for the Everglades Headwaters NWR in Florida. This amendment authorizes the incidental hunting of non-native wildlife. The refuge has a need to control non-native wildlife species that pose a threat to native wildlife and habitats. A number of non-native wildlife in Florida compete-with and/or prey-on native species. Some non-native species have the capacity to substantially alter and degrade native habitats. Taken together, these non-indigenous invaders can seriously affect biological integrity and native biodiversity if left unchecked. In many instances, the control efforts of non-native species by land managers are overwhelmed by the high reproductive rates of non-native species. Any additional control efforts would help augment management activities. Allowing incidental hunting of non-native wildlife would support refuge management control efforts.

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Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

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The Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is a subspecies of grasshopper sparrow that is endemic to the dry prairie of central and southern Florida. The Service listed the Florida grasshopper sparrow as endangered in 1986 because of habitat loss and degradation resulting from conversion of native vegetation to improved pasture and agriculture.

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Protecting the Kissimmee River Valley

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The Service is actively partnering with conservation agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to protect the natural resources of the Kissimmee River Valley, while ensuring that the heritage of ranches and other working landscapes remains strong. Since 2012, the Refuge has acquired over 4,000 acres in conservation easements from willing sellers. With easements, private landowners retain ownership of their land, as well as the right to work the land to raise cattle or crops. The easements ensure these lands cannot be developed.

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Special Use Permits

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

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Public Access

Kissimmee Bend Wildlife Management Area

On July 1, 2021, the Kissimmee Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) became established in Okeechobee County, Florida. The WMA covers approximately 5,300 acres of prairie, freshwater marshes, and oak hammock. The WMA is managed in partnership with the Florida Forest Service (FFS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and offers a range of public uses including wildlife photography, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Additional information regarding the unit’s resources and public use opportunities can be found in the refuge’s Visitor Services Plan and associated documents:

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About the Complex

Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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