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Opportunities abound with Solid legislation and changes in the Massachusetts House and Senate

Current Trapping legislation in need of Support

Contact your Representative and Senator asking them to support this bill!

An Act Conserving our Natural Resources  (follow this link - to read actual language)
Representative Stephen Kulik has filed this bill... HOUSE BILL 709

"An Act conserving our Natural Resources" is a proactive approach to addressing the revolving, costly conflicts that many communities throughout Massachusetts are grappling with today.  Landowners, farmers, towns and municipalities have shouldered both the responsibility and rising costs resulting from a trapping law that fails to allow for a proactive, balanced and flexible approach to wildlife management.  This bill will modify the existing law, allowing for our "best and brightest" in the wildlife management profession to focus their efforts on ensuring healthy wildlife populations using the most extensively tested and internationally approved devices available.  It will allow for a balanced approach that encourages both regulated non-lethal and lethal management methods resulting in lower and healthier population levels where conflicts with society become uncommon.  It's important to note that the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife support the components of this legislation and are fully willing and able to implement it.

bulletAllows for the use of some prohibited trapping devices by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and their authorized agents during the established trapping seasons.  Authorized agents would include citizens who have successfully completed the MA DFW trapping training course and acquired a valid trapping license
bulletThe current, reactive "beaver/muskrat permit system" would not apply or be required during the "proactive" regulated season that runs between the months of November and April.  The permit system would however, still apply and be available outside the established regulated season dates
bulletThe existing language in the current trapping law for health & safety and crop damage (regarding use of prohibited devices) would remain and apply only outside the regulated trapping season
bulletThe uses of prohibited trapping devices would be subject to the regulations and restrictions promulgated by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, were animal welfare is a top priority
bulletThe Division of Fisheries and Wildlife fully support this legislation

 

 

 

  

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