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February 2, 2010

The HSUS Praises Officials for Halting Unlawful Expansion of Hunting at National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware

A last-minute reprieve from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters has halted a new and illegal migratory bird hunting program proposed at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware — a decision welcomed by The Humane Society of the United States.

The action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brings the refuge into compliance with federal regulations prohibiting sport hunting at the refuge after Feb. 1 in order to protect migratory waterfowl who use the refuge as critical winter habitat. The refuge had announced a plan to allow expanded sport hunting of snow geese and rabbits after the deadline, without any environmental analysis of the hunt's impact on sensitive refuge wildlife and habitats.

The late-season snow goose hunt, with no bag limits, and the rabbit hunt had been scheduled to commence on Monday.

"Midwinter hunting on such a refuge simply cannot be justified, and we commend the U.S. Department of Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service for calling a halt to its expanded hunting schedule," said John Grandy, Ph.D., senior vice president of Wildlife and Habitat Protection for The HSUS. 

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