The Division of State Audit recently released the following performance report this month regarding Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
TWRA has not updated the state’s endangered species list in 16 years, although it is required
to do so every 2 years
According to Section 70-8-105, Tennessee Code Annotated, the Tennessee Fish and
Wildlife Commission “shall conduct a review of the state list of endangered species within not
more than two years from its effective date and every two years thereafter, making the
appropriate additions or deletions.” This state list also contains species which are in need of
management or threatened. Based on interviews we conducted, the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency (TWRA) last updated this list in 2000 with Proclamation 00-15. Failure to
update the plan also violates the Cooperative Agreement between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and TWRA for Conservation of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (page 7).
The audit also discusses the following issues: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and
the CWD Response Plan (page 8); Citation Fines Received by the Agency (page 9); Contract
Monitoring (page 11); Brandt Information Services for Licenses and Registration (page 11);
Animal Disease Testing (page 12); Non-motorized Boats—Emerging Issue (page 13); and
Fisheries Division Hatcheries