Hunting opportunities to expand at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge |

Hunting opportunities to expand at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

Daily News staff report

Opening Walden’s Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge to elk hunting is a first, though the refuge also allows migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting and fishing.

It’s one of several refuges across the U.S. that may open to various types of hunting for the first time. If approved, the proposal would provide additional public hunting opportunities in fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.

“For decades, the National Wildlife Refuge System has offered some of the nation’s best public hunting and fishing, helping to connect generations of Americans to their sporting heritage. The Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to expanding these opportunities wherever they are compatible with refuge purposes,” said service director Dan Ashe.

Hunting helps manage wildlife populations that might otherwise exceed the carrying capacity of their habitat and threaten the well-being of other wildlife species – and in some instances, that of human health and safety.

The public has until Aug. 4 to provide comments on the proposal.

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