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New USFWS grant will help AGFC tackle Asian carp

Sept. 23, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will receive a share of the nearly $14 million being distributed in 2020 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to states in the Mississippi River Valley to better manage and study Asian carp.

East Arkansas wildlife areas closed Feb. 18-29

Feb. 13, 2020

MONTICELLO – Four eastern Arkansas wildlife areas will be temporarily closed Feb. 18-29. Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA, Cutoff Creek WMA, Trusten Holder WMA and University of Arkansas Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA will be temporarily closed while the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, conducts aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the areas.

Big Lake WMA, St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA and Big Lake NWR closed Feb. 10-14

Feb. 6, 2020

JONESBORO – Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area and Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to daytime public access Feb. 10-14. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation, will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the areas. The flights will be dependent on the weather.

Fish and Wildlife Service asking for public input on cormorant management

Jan. 22, 2020

WASHINGTON - As part of ongoing efforts to address conflicts between double-crested cormorants and wild and stocked fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public input on future management options.

Waterfowl population estimates similar to last year, on the surface

Aug. 30, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its estimates for habitat conditions and breeding waterfowl populations seen during its aerial surveys conducted each spring. The survey estimates show a stable population, similar to last year at first glance, but biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission caution that a deeper look may temper some expectations.