January 9, 2009 | 3 minute read
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is busy preparing for another prescribed burn season. Generally, the burn season begins in the fall and runs through mid-spring, but the 2008 fall weather conditions were not conducive to burning. In addition, some units may be burned outside this range to accomplish management objectives. Prescribed burns are management-ignited fires conducted for specific management objectives under specified conditions. Objectives include reducing pine straw, dead grass, shrubs, and other vegetation that could fuel an uncontrolled wildfire, as well as rejuvenating marshes and other habitat types by removing dead grass and encroaching shrubs. Read the full story...
March 25, 2008 | 4 minute read
In March, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service concluded its review of the proposed widening of U.S. Highway 19 between Interstate 26 and Spruce Pine, determining that the project would not jeopardize the existence of any threatened or endangered species in the area. The Service’s primary concern is the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel, found in the Cane, North and South Toe, and Nolichucky Rivers of the Nolichucky River basin which covers all of Yancey and Mitchell Counties. Read the full story...
February 11, 2008 | 3 minute read
The endangered Indiana bat saw a 9.4% population increase between 2005 and 2007, continuing a twelve-year rise in bat numbers, though a mysterious illness in the Northeast poses a threat to this success. According figures recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in 2007 the number of Indiana bats rose to more than 513,000, up from 469,000 in 2005, the last time a comprehensive population estimate was completed. Read the full story...
October 10, 2007 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the completion and availability of the five-year status review of the red wolf. After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available information and data, the Service recommended that the current listing classification for the red wolf remain unchanged. This means the world’s only wild red wolf population, restored in North Carolina, continues to have non-essential, experimental status. Red wolves located at island propagation sites and in captive breeding facilities continue to have full endangered status. Read the full story...
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announces temporary closure of National Wildlife Refuges in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina
August 31, 2005 | 1 minute read
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today the temporary closure of 16 national wildlife refuges in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Initial damage assessments have been conducted, but the full extent of damage is still unknown. An FWS Incident Command Team, operating out of the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge near Gautier, Mississippi, has determined that all Service personnel are safe and accounted for, and is currently focusing efforts on providing community support and humanitarian relief. Read the full story...
August 23, 2004 | 2 minute read
The sight of a 12 to 14 foot-long alligator is something south Georgia folks see occasionally, but few have seen one take an adult deer out to lunch. Actually — for lunch. The photographs of this deer-eating alligator were taken from the air by Terri Jenkins, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service District Fire Management Officer. She was preparing to ignite a prescribed fire at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, about 40 miles south of Savannah, Georgia, on March 4, 2004. Read the full story...