Notice of Availability for Public Comment
Environmental Assessment: Aquatic Mammal Damage Management in Texas
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services program, in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, would like to invite you to participate in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing damage and threats caused by beaver, muskrats, nutria, and river otters in Texas. The need for action identifies damage to agricultural resources, property, natural resources, and threats to human safety associated with those aquatic mammal species in the State. The Wildlife Services program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service identified a number of issues and concerns through the scoping process and through consultation with state and federal agencies. The Wildlife Services program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service used those issues to develop several alternative approaches to address the need for action. The EA analyzes potential environmental effects of conducting alternative strategies to reduce damage associated with beaver, muskrats, nutria, and otter. The Wildlife Services program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are seeking review and comments on the EA from interested parties as part of the scoping process to identify additional concerns, issues, and alternatives.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the EA by clicking here or by sending a written request to USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, P.O. Box 690170, San Antonio, Texas 78269. The Wildlife Services program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service request that you submit comments on the EA electronically by clicking here or by sending the comments to the address listed. Please include your name and mailing address in the comments. To receive full consideration, the Wildlife Services program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service must receive all comments by the end of the day on December 2, 2016. All comments received, including the names and addresses of those people who comment, will be part of the public record and will be released for public review as required and allowed by law.