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Obama picks Starkville native to run federal agency


The Associated Press



President Obama has appointed a Starkville native to run the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 


Sam Hamilton, a Starkville native and a graduate of Mississippi State University, is a career biologist and director of the Fish and Wildlife Service''s Southeast region. Hamilton has been with the service 30 years, the last 12 as Southeast regional director in Atlanta. 


Hamilton is one of two Mississippians appointed to posts by Obama on Wednesday. Obama also nominated Clarksdale native Bob Abbey as director of the Bureau of Land Management. 


Abbey is a Clarksdale native and lives in Reno, Nev. He was the chief architect of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative, initiated in 1999 after a wildfire burned 2 million acres of public land. He headed BLM''s Jackson office from 1992 to 1995. He retired in July 2005. 




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Article Comment Jim Spell commented at 6/12/2009 7:55:00 AM:

Great news, now two Mississippians can take care of the problems faced by the great Northwest. Hamilton can address the issue of coyotes, cougar and wolves feasting on deer, elk and domestic animals These creatures take away recreational opportunities not to mention food for the table for hunters. Ranchers have livestock (another name for a product to sell) destroyed by predators.

Now maybe Abbey can address, in discussion with the US Forest Service, the issue of fire danger,forest restoration and the wild horse issue in the Northwest.

I look forward to seeing what these gentlemen can accomplish.


Article Comment Fred commented at 6/15/2009 11:02:00 AM:

Unless you have pictures, there are no cougars in MS.


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