Legislators respond to resignation of NDOW director

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Updated: 2/01/2013 4:34 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Legislators are responding to the resignation of Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Ken Mayer.

Senator Debbie Smith (D-Sparks) and Assemblyman David Bobzien (D-Reno) are raising concerns about what the development means for wildlife conservation in this statement they released:

“With impending decisions for sage-grouse, the suddenness of the Director’s removal potentially sends a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Nevada is less than committed to science-based conservation measures necessary to prevent a listing. Questions are already being asked as to the adequacy of Nevada’s efforts, and the timing of this departure only adds to those questions.”

“Wildlife in Nevada is a $1 billion dollar industry, and the policies and budgets to support the management of this important state resource are always key legislative issues. Director Mayer’s departure at the request of the Governor right before session raises serious concerns about where wildlife fits in our state’s priorities.”

Both legislators look forward to working with the Governor and other legislators to address these concerns.

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