Proposed Regulation to Protect Dall Sheep Open for Public Comment

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published proposed regulations in the Federal Register to improve hunting and fishing opportunities across the National Wildlife Refuge System. Included in this broader regulation package is a proposal that would prohibit the use of domestic sheep, goats, and camelids (i.e., llamas and alpacas) on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lands due to concerns about disease transmission to Dall Sheep and other wildlife.

The proposed prohibition better aligns the Service with Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunting regulations that bar the use of domestic sheep and goats while hunting sheep, mountain goats, and musk oxen. We are also seeking to align with 2012 recommendations from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies that call for separating domestic sheep and goats from wild species due to potential disease transmission. The comment period is open until June 8, 2020.

Opportunities to Learn More and Comment

Read the Arctic Refuge Pack Animal Regulation FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Federal Register: You can review and provide comments on the 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, including the proposed regulation to protect Dall sheep on Arctic Refuge, on the Federal Register website. 

Mail or hand deliver your comments to:

Public Comments Processing
Attn: FWS-HQ-NWRS-2020-0013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO)
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

May 13 Public Hearing Archive:

Public Hearing Presentation (4.3 Mb PDF file)

Public Hearing Transcript (190 Kb PDF file)