Service seeks input for Furbearer Management at the Eagle Point Unit

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge announces an opportunity to comment on the proposed opening of public trapping at the refuge’s Eagle Point Unit in Derby, VT.  Located on the east shore of Lake Memphremagog and bounded to the north by the US/Canada border, the Eagle Point Unit is co-managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department under the state’s Wildlife Management Areas program. 

Acquired through the generous donation from Michael Dunn in 2010, the 457 acre Eagle Point Unit is proposed to be open for public trapping.   The use is a public use opportunity for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and also continues an activity Mr. Dunn allowed on the property.

The proposed public trapping program will follow all state seasons and regulations.  One exception will be to require a Special Use Permit from the refuge for conducting trapping activities.

The public is invited to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Public Trapping on the Eagle Point Unit.  Comments will be accepted from September 4, 2018 to October 5, 2018.  The Service will also host two public meetings to discuss the draft EA and take public comment.  Dates and locations for the public meetings are below:

September 26, 2018 – Derby Municipal Building, Derby; 6:30 pm

September 27, 2018 – North Country Union High School Auditorium, Newport; 6:30 pm

You may request a digital or hardcopy of the draft EA by contacting Ken Sturm, Refuge Manager at ken_sturm@fws.gov or calling 802-868-4781.

Or you can download a copy by clicking here

Comments can be submitted by email to Ken_Sturm@fws.gov or in writing to:

Refuge Manager
Missisquoi NWR
29 Tabor Road
Swanton, VT 05488

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used in the conservation and management of wildlife populations. Trapping occurs on some national wildlife refuges in accordance with the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (https://www.fws.gov/refuges/about/mission.html) Where trapping does occur, some individual refuges may prohibit trapping by the public and conduct trapping for management actions only.

State and federal wildlife agencies, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, use trapping to protect endangered species and migratory birds, prevent and address property damage, control invasive species, and manage common and abundant species.  Trapping is also used to restore species of wildlife and gather scientific information through wildlife research. Trapping activities are carefully managed to ensure that safe, effective practices are used and wildlife populations are sustainable. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals.

Hunting, trapping, fishing and other outdoor activities on national wildlife refuges help stimulate the economy and generate funding for wildlife conservation. Banking on Nature, a Service report released in 2013, showed refuges pumped $2.4 billion into the economy. Across the country, refuges returned an average $4.87 in total economic output for every $1 appropriated in Fiscal Year 2011.

Other wildlife-dependent recreation on national wildlife refuges includes wildlife photography, environmental education, wildlife observation and interpretation.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

The mission of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is to protect and conserve our fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.  For more information on our work and people visit, www.vtfishandwildlife.com