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Bitter Lake seeks input on hunting plans

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Public input is being sought on proposed hunting at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge is proposing to expand hunting in its north tract and south tract units “to better align with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) regulations,” according to a press release issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The refuge proposes to participate in the NMDGF’s early, teal-specific season on the north tract — and to open hunting for white-tailed deer and mule deer on the south tract “through a special, demographic-only hunt,” according to the press release.

The refuge seeks public input and comment on its Draft Hunt Plan (HP), Compatibility Determination (CD) and Environmental Assessment (EA), which are available now for public review.

The plans can be downloaded at: www.fws.gov/refuge/bitter_lake.

The public is encouraged to provide input by writing to: Refuge Manager, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 4200 East Pine Lodge Road, Roswell, NM 88201; or may email jennifer_romero@fws.gov. Please put “Public Input — Hunting” in the subject line of the email.

Comments will be accepted until April 30.