August 27, 2004
August 27, 2004 -- The 20-member National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC), appointed by Secretary Ann M. Veneman, met last week to provide input on program activities and policies.
The committee discussed during the three-day meeting a variety of wildlife issues which resulted in 22 recommendations calling for a number of things including more funding and support to resolve problems caused by blackbirds, feral hogs and wolves. They also asked for more coordination with other Federal entities to address such issues as wildlife conflicts at airports, problems obtaining migratory bird permits and wildlife disease management. WS and the Secretary are reviewing the committee?s recommendations.
Representing the interests of the American Sheep Industry Association and the sheep industry on this committee are: Nina Baucus, Montana; Dr. Maurice Shelton, Texas; Patti Strand, Oregon; and Joseph Harper, West Virginia. The committee is made up of agricultural, public health and safety, animal welfare and wildlife experts.