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Final Environmental Assessment Addressing Proposed Coyote Control Across Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

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This EA tiers from the USDA APHIS WS Predator Damage Management in New Mexico EA which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to control packs of aggressive coyotes across Kirtland AFB that pose a human health and safety risk to installation residents and workers. Recent drought conditions have drastically reduced populations of typical prey in uninhabited areas of the installation. With steady populations of prey seeking food sources in the urban and housing areas of the installation, the presence of coyotes in these areas has increased. This has resulted in coyotes hunting domestic animals and a fearless relationship toward the human presence in family housing where young children could be viewed as potential prey. Human health and safety concerns include human attacks from coyotes that result in injuries or death and disease threats from rabies and plague outbreaks where predators act as carriers. To date, Kirtland AFB has received one confirmed report of an attack on a pet in the family housing area and several unconfirmed reports. Residents have observed coyotes walking along concrete block walls bordering their yards. The implementation of the Proposed Action would reduce human health and safety risks at Kirtland AFB posed by aggressive coyote populations. Coyotes are not protected by state or federal regulations or statutes and are considered predatory animals. However, by statute, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish NMDGF has the responsibility to manage predator damage, including coyote predation, to other wildlife. USDA APHIS WS, under a Joint Powers Agreement and contract assists NMDGF with responding to predatory animal complaints. USDA APHIS WS assists residents, Tribes, or other federal agencies, especially in urban areas, concerned about coyote attacks on their pets and their apparent loss of fear for humans. USDA APHIS WS proposes to accomplish coyote control on Kirtland AFB by developing

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  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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