Proposed Predator Control Plan


Proposed Predator Control Plan for Archie Carr and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuges

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to develop a Predator Control Plan for Archie Carr and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). This plan is a step-down from the Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) developed for the refuges in 2006 (Pelican Island) and 2008 (Archie Carr). Consultation was initiated for both CCPs during those timeframes. The development for this plan falls under the CCP actions.

Archie Carr NWR is an important nesting area for several imperiled species of sea turtle. Predators (including raccoon and coyote) found on the refuge and adjacent Pelican Island NWR are preying on sea turtle nests and hatchlings at increasing rates. Furthermore, both refuges support other imperiled species that may be subject to unacceptable levels of predation by native and non-native predators. The Service is proposing to develop a Predator Control Plan that would outline the target predator species and methods to control them, when needed. Control methods could include “soft” leg-hold traps for coyote. The proposal would outline that target predator species would be humanely euthanized. Any captured non-target wildlife would be released. Any captured feral and free roaming animals without identification would be taken to the appropriate county animal control facility.

 

Plan Timeline

Subject to change, the proposed timeline for the planning effort would be as listed.

Predator Plan Table JPEG

 

We value your input at this early phase in the planning process. Please send your scoping suggestions, comments, or concerns to the email below or address above.

Thank you for your time.

Oliver van den Ende (Lead Biologist)
Oliver_vandenende@fws.gov
772-205-0697

Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex
4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, Florida 32963