NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY – ILLINOIS: Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, has prepared a Supplement to the Environmental Assessment (EA) titled “White-tailed Deer Damage Management in Illinois.” The EA and Supplement analyze the potential environmental impacts of alternative approaches to WS involvement in deer damage management. The Supplement is available for review and comment prior to issuing a decision. The proposed action is to implement an integrated approach using a variety of methods to reduce deer damage to agricultural resources, property, natural resources, and threats to human health and safety. WS is requesting that the public review the Supplement and provide substantive comments no later than the end of the day on May 31, 2022.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Comments should be as specific as possible and substantive. A substantive comment provides new information about the proposed action, an alternative, or the analysis; identifies an alternative and reasonable suggestion to solve the problem; points out a specific flaw in the analysis; suggests alternate methodologies and the reason(s) why they should be used; or makes factual corrections or identifies a different source of credible research which, if used in the analysis, could result in different effects.
WS is not obligated to respond to non-substantive comments or those outside the scope of the proposed action, including those:
in favor of or against the proposed action or alternatives,
that only agree or disagree with WS policy or resource decisions without justification or supporting data that meet the above listed criteria (e.g., WS should use more nonlethal methods),
that fall outside WS statutory authority (e.g., WS should implement a hunting season [WS has no authority to implement hunting seasons]), or
that take the form of vague, open-ended questions.
Interested parties may view and provide comments on the Supplement by going to https://www.regulations.gov. In the search box, enter APHIS-2022-0032.
You may also request a copy of the EA and send written comments to:
3430 Constitution Drive, Suite 121
Springfield, IL 62711
To receive full consideration prior to the decision, you must provide comments on the Supplement at https://www.regulations.gov or received in writing at the address indicated by the end of the day on May 31, 2022.