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Cunningham Swamp Wildlife Management Area to Open to the Public

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be opening the newly acquired Cunningham Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Garrett County to the public starting May 7. This 258-acre parcel of land was purchased in 2013 with Program Open Space Funds and will serve to protect the rare species and special habitats associated with the swamp, and provide hunting and trapping recreation opportunities.

Hunting on the new WMA will follow all established season dates and bag limits found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland. No special permits or drawings are required in this area, except appropriate licenses and stamps. Trapping is by permit only.

Located near Grantsville, the WMA encompasses the majority of Cunningham Swamp, a rich wetland habitat exceptional for wetland and bog related species. Bird watchers may find some interesting types here that prefer the thick cover of alder swamp types of habitat, including alder flycatchers and golden-winged warblers.

For more information about Cunningham Swamp WMA contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service, Mount Nebo Work Center at 301-334-4255.

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