From: fws-news listserver Date: 12/20/96 02:10 PM Subject: DUCK POPULATIONS SOARED, BUFFALO ROAMED FREE, CONDORS FLEW IN THE SOUTHWEST
The continued recovery of the Nation's duck populations after decades of decline is just one wildlife success story in a year that offered many bright spots for species from buffalo to butterflies.
"The American people are making an impressive effort to restore wildlife across the Nation. At year's end, we like to take a moment to reflect on some of the good news that people may have overlooked during the busy year," said Acting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director John Rogers.
Among this year's good news stories:
The huge birds nearly became extinct during the 1980s and have been restored through captive-breeding in zoos and releases to their former range in California and, now, Arizona.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages 511 national wildlife refuges covering 92 million acres, as well as 72 national fish hatcheries.
The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, stocks recreational fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that funnels Federal excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies. This program is a cornerstone of the Nation's wildlife management efforts, funding fish and wildlife restoration, boating access, hunter education, shooting ranges, and related projects across America.
December 20, 1996 Rachel Levin 413-253-8328 Mitch Snow 202-208-5634