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Comments Needed on Management Plan for Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. 

The 51,000 acre Refuge is comprised of three separate units that run along 65 miles of the Tennessee River in Henry, Benton, Decatur, and Humphreys Counties. The Refuge offers limited hunting for deer, turkey, squirrel, raccoon, and resident Canada geese.  The three management alternatives presented in the plan would continue to provide for hunting, in varying degrees.  Alternative B, which has a public use emphasis, would increase hunting for deer and would consider new types of hunts.  The plan can be viewed at http:southeast.fws.gov/planning under "Draft CCP Documents."  Scroll down to Tennessee.  

The Service is accepting public comments until July 7th and comments may be emailed to tina_chouinard@fws.gov.  For further information you may call 731-432-0981.  It is important to the future of hunting in the Refuge that hunters comment on this draft plan.  You can be assured that anti-hunters and animal rights activists will file comments urging the Service to reduce or eliminate hunting in the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

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