Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Brittany McFadden

There’s a new wildlife rehabilitation center in Ohio County, Kentucky, launched by a woman who found a need and decided to fill it.

Brittany McFadden saw a posting on Facebook by Ohio County Animal Control asking for a local person who is a “wildlife rehabber” to come pick up an animal.

That gave McFadden the idea for Shamar Wildlife Rehab and Sanctuary, which opened in January.

McFadden said Shamar is a Hebrew word, suggested by her mother, that means “to keep, guard, protect and save life.” McFadden said it just seemed natural for her to launch this project.

“I’ve always had a love for animals, and I always wanted to do something with animals. I’m literally living my dream," said McFadden. "I imagined it would be cats and dogs, but there are people advocating for cats and dogs. There’s no one advocating for the wildlife, so that’s why I chose to take care of the wildlife.”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Henderson could become home to Kentucky’s second national wildlife refuge.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering the preservation of a 24,000-acre site.

The Green River area of Henderson County is valued for its habitat for fish and wildlife and recreational opportunities such as hunting and fishing.  The area would become known as the Green River National Wildlife Refuge.  The land is located south of Evansville, Indiana near the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers. 

Kentucky Afield

State officials are closer to learning the cause of a massive fish kill in the Gasper River in south central Kentucky.

Investigators previously found decreased oxygen levels in the water following the near-total fish kill that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend.  Now, water samples have revealed levels of nutrients and E.coli. 

Robin Hartman, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, says several factors could have contributed to the drop in oxygen.

Audit: Kentucky State Agency Misspent Public Funds

Dec 19, 2018
Rick Howlett

A state audit says the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has violated state and federal laws and misspent taxpayer dollars for years.

The Courier Journal reports Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon released the audit Tuesday and called for greater agency transparency. The audit says the agency has justified its expenditures by saying no taxpayer dollars were used. But the agency is largely funded by taxpayer dollars through federal grants and hunting, fishing and boating licenses.

Former State Worker Fined For Mistreating Women

Sep 15, 2014

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has finished its investigation into the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, fining a former assistant director on Monday for mistreating women.

Kenneth "Scott" King told female employees to wear short skirts and high heels to meetings in order to get what they want, according to a settlement agreement. He also allegedly told one female employee to show him her breasts and would point out which body parts of his female employees he and other male supervisors preferred.

King was fined $2,750 and given a public reprimand.

King did not admit those allegations. But he did not contest the charges, according to a settlement agreement. A call to King's attorney was not immediately returned.
Eight current or former Fish and Wildlife employees have been fined more than $21,000 since January. The commission hired a new commissioner in May.

A Canadian mining company will pay $3.2 million to settle allegations of Clean Water Act violations in Muhlenberg and Crittenden counties.

Elgin Mining of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the U.S. attorney's office in Louisville reached the agreement Thursday. Under the terms of the settlement, Elgin Mining will pay $3,071,292.00 to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Wetland and Stream Mitigation In-Lieu Fee Program, which provides mitigation credits for impacts to Kentucky's wetlands and streams associated with discharges of dredged or fill material.

Elgin Mining is also required to pay a civil penalty of $150,000 to the United States.

The government alleged that the company failed to mitigate the dumping of waste into streams and wetlands in Muhlenberg and Crittenden counties, resulting in the loss of the waterways.