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Buddy B. Fazio
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Appoints New Red Wolf Coordinator for Species' Recovery Program


May 31, 2001

Christine Eustis, (404) 679-7287

A 12-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran, Buddy B. Fazio is the new red wolf recovery coordinator stationed at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Manteo, North Carolina. Fazio began his new responsibilities with the red wolf program on April 23.

"During his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Buddy has done recovery work for over 30 species in 15 states. He has experience in virtually every aspect of recovery, including partnerships, research, consultation work, and the listing of species, " said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director. "He is well qualified to head the red wolf program."

"I've had 20 years of experience working with wildlife and people, and I know we can successfully balance the needs of the endangered red wolf with those of the community, " said Fazio. "I look forward to forming new partnerships with the many people I'll meet."

"Endangered means there still time," Fazio said. "A species CAN recover to survive on its own, and it is with that philosophy that I'm coming into the red wolf program."

For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fazio has served as a wildlife biologist in the mid-western and Pacific states. In the 1980's, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in California doing deer predation studies and habitat use studies, and researching competition among mountain lions, mules, deer, spotted owls, and livestock. He holds a bachelor of science degree in fish and wildlife biology from the University of California at Davis and a masters degree in wildlife management from Humboldt University in northern California. His specialties include the survival and demographics of wildlife populations, computer technology applied to natural resource needs, and all aspects of the Endangered Species Act.

The southern California native enjoys fitness and outdoor activities such as backpacking and camping. He also likes to travel and says his three favorite places are the North Carolina coast, the eastern slopes of the central Sierra Mountains in California, and the Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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