Oregon and Washington: Management Plan Includes Hunting on the Julia Butler Hansen Re

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The Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management actions for the next 15 years on the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge, a 6,000 acre refuge along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. The refuge was established to protect habitat for the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer. The preferred management approach calls for opening Crims and Price Islands to waterfowl hunting. One other option would open those islands to waterfowl hunting, but close a small portion of Steamboat Slough to hunting. Public comments can be submitted until Monday, March 29 and emailed to FW!PlanningComments@fws.gov. The plan can be viewed at http://www.fws.gov/willapa. For further information please call 360-484-3482. The Service needs to receive support for opening the refuge to hunting. Anti-hunters can be counted on to pressure the Service against it.

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