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CSSB 155(JUD): "An Act relating to hunting on the same day airborne and airborne hunting; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 155(JUD)                                                                   
01 "An Act relating to hunting on the same day airborne and airborne hunting; and                                          
02 providing for an effective date."                                                                                       
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 16.05.783(a) is amended to read:                                                                  
05            (a)  A person may not shoot or assist in shooting a free-ranging wolf or [,]                             
06       wolverine [, FOX, OR LYNX] the same day that a person has been airborne.                                          
07       However, the Board of Game may authorize a predator control program as part of a                              
08       game management plan that involves airborne or same day airborne shooting                                     
09       [INVOLVING SHOOTING FROM THE AIR] if                                                                              
10                 [(1)]  the board has determined based on information provided by                                    
11       the department                                                                                                
12                 (1)  in regard to an identified big game prey population under                                      
13       AS 16.05.255(g) that [COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND GAME ACTING UNDER                                              
14       A REQUEST FROM THE BOARD OF GAME MAKES WRITTEN FINDINGS                                                           
01       BASED ON PREY POPULATION] objectives set by the board for the population                                      
02       have not been achieved and [UNDER AS 16.05.255(g)] that                                                       
03                 [(A)]  predation is an important cause for the failure to achieve the                               
04       objectives set by the board [FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO A LOW OR                                                  
05       DECLINING PREY POPULATION THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH A GAME                                                        
06       MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE BOARD OF GAME], and                                                          
07       that a reduction of predation can reasonably be expected to aid in the achievement of                         
08       the objectives [RESULT IN AIDING AN INCREASE IN THE PREY                                                      
09       POPULATION OR IN ARRESTING THE DECLINE OF THE PREY                                                                
10       POPULATION]; or                                                                                                   
11                 (2)  that [(B)]  a disease or parasite of a predator population                                     
12                      (A) [(i)]  is threatening the normal biological condition of the                               
13            predator population; or                                                                                      
14                      (B) [(ii)]  if left untreated, would spread to other populations [;                            
15            AND                                                                                                          
16                 (2)  THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES THAT AIRBORNE OR                                                       
17       SAME DAY AIRBORNE SHOOTING IS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH A                                                           
18       GAME MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE BOARD OF                                                                
19       GAME].                                                                                                            
20    * Sec. 2.  AS 16.05.783 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
21            (e)  When the Board of Game authorizes a predator control program that                                       
22       includes airborne or same day airborne shooting, the board shall establish predator                               
23       reduction objectives and limits, methods and means to be employed, who is authorized                              
24       to participate in the program, and the conditions for participation of individuals in the                         
25       program.                                                                                                          
26    * Sec. 3.  This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).