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Public Hearing was conducted TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009 - 1:00pm

Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Excellent turnout at the state house.  Thanks to everyone who testified and voiced their promotion of this bill.


Location: Massachusetts State House in Boston, Room B - 1 For Directions, click [HERE]

This public hearing was for house and senate Bills related to trapping and wildlife management.  This hearing included HB 736 "Safeguarding our Natural Resources".

Key Points to emphasize at the hearing, in emails or letters:


Current law is too restrictive and is not allowing for the proper proactive management of furbearers that include beaver, muskrat, raccoon and coyote


Current law has failed to properly protect people and wildlife and has caused tremendous damage to both


Division of Fish & Wildlife is the appropriate authority to regulate nationally tested and approved devices such as the 'Quick Kill' style device and the padded foothold device


The 'quick kill' style or "rotating jaw" device is being used across the state now in "emergency permit only" situations and should be available for use during the normal regulated trapping season


Devices and methods that would be employed by passing HB 736 have the welfare of the animal as a top priority


The DFW needs authority to provide these tested and approved devices for use during the regulated season


As the current law is written today, it could be considered anti-environment, anti-conservation and anti-wildlife management

To write, email or call the Senators or Representatives click [HERE]

Here is a sample letter:

Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture House of Representatives, Room 473F                                 State House                                                                       Boston, MA 02133                  

Dear Chairman Straus, Vice Chairman Guyer and House Committee members,

 Thank you for this opportunity to provide written testimony in regards to HB 736 “Safeguarding our Natural Resources”.  I am unable to attend the public hearing on Tuesday June 23, 2009 due to prior business obligations. 

 The key point that I would like to convey revolves around the issue that wildlife management is and should be a state maintained activity, where our managers have the authority to regulate and allow for use the best, most effective and tested devices available today.

 The proper state management of furbearer wildlife must take into account and include both proactive lethal and non-lethal means.  As we have seen over the past 13 years, attempting to “manage” beavers using only non-lethal approaches is ineffective and actually counter productive to the goal of obtaining balance in our ecosystems.  A reasonable approach that includes both proactive lethal and non-lethal methods is not only effective and selective – it has the welfare of the animal as top priority.

 Chapter 131, Section 80a is currently written in such a way it restricts proactive management of certain furbearer wildlife species such as beaver, muskrat, coyote, fox, and raccoon to a point where it actually works against producing healthier wild populations.  The current law has accelerated negative ecological impacts in some areas, produced severe health and safety concerns and damaged the publics’ perception of our beautiful natural resources, reducing them to that of a pest that floods our septic system or chases down our beloved pet.

 Please take this unique opportunity before to today to act.  Allow HB 736 to move forward, knowing that you are supported by literally thousands of career wildlife professionals and people who all truly care about the environment, natural resources, wildlife and our continued positive interact with it.


 Herb Bergquist

Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management - President




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