Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Wildlife Code. Removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight, February 15, both inclusive. Provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit. Provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged in accordance with federal regulations and the Department of Natural Resources may require harvest registration and set forth procedures, fees for registration, and the process of tagging pelts in administrative rules. Provides that bobcats may be taken during the open season by use of a small light which is worn on the body or hand-held by a person on foot and not in any vehicle.
Amends bill by inserting a Section concerning Bobcat hunting and trapping permits and fees. Provides that before any person may lawfully hunt or trap a bobcat, he or she shall first obtain a "Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit". Provides the fee for a Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit shall not exceed $5. Allows the Department of Natural Resources to limit the number of Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permits that are made available each season.
Balanced Budget Note, House Floor Amendment No. 2 (Office of Management and Budget)
This bill will have a minimal fiscal impact on the Wildlife and Fish Fund.
Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 2 (Dept. of Natural Resources)
The fiscal impact of House Bill 352 (H-AM 2) will be $2,500 of new revenue deposited into the Wildlife and Fish Fund. The Department is estimating a sale of 500 permits at $5 per permit.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Provides that the harvest of bobcats in this State shall be non-detrimental, as defined by federal regulations (50 CFR 23.61), and as determined by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in accordance with 50 CFR 23.69.