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The Hearing on USFWS Gull Management Program at Monomoy

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Schedules a Hearing Next Month on its Gull Management Plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning a meeting to be held April 18 and 19, lcoation still to be announced, to discuss the use of lethal force directed at wildlife species. Last year, the USFWS reduced the number of herring gulls and great black-backed gulls on Monomoy Wildlife Refuge in order to protect the nesting of the endangered roseate tern and threatened piping plover. The use of poison to accomplish the reduction in gulls triggered strong opposition from the local area.

According to the USFWS, the meeting will enable serious dialogue between the Service and the opponents of the program. "Strongly expressed public opinion, coupled with the complexity of this issue, the Service's responsibilities for endangered and threatened species, for migratory birds, and for management of the National Wildlife Refuge System - all require that we work harder to find a constructive solution to the current situation," Ronald Lambertson, the Service's Northeast region director, stated in a recent press release. The meeting will focus on alternatives for the coming nesting season and look at long-range options for the management program.

Groups opposed to the poisoning program include the Cape Codders for Wildlife Protection, the Humane Society of the United States, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, the International Wildlife Coalition, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Wild Care, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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