00 Enrolled SB 155
01 Relating to predator control programs; and providing for an effective date.
03 * Section 1. AS 16.05.783(a) is amended to read:
04 (a) A person may not shoot or assist in shooting a free-ranging wolf or [,]
05 wolverine [, FOX, OR LYNX] the same day that a person has been airborne.
06 However, the Board of Game may authorize a predator control program as part of a
07 game management plan that involves airborne or same day airborne shooting
08 [INVOLVING SHOOTING FROM THE AIR] if
09 [(1)] the board has determined based on information provided by
10 the department
11 (1) in regard to an identified big game prey population under
12 AS 16.05.255(g) that [COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND GAME ACTING UNDER
13 A REQUEST FROM THE BOARD OF GAME MAKES WRITTEN FINDINGS
14 BASED ON PREY POPULATION] objectives set by the board for the population
15 have not been achieved and [UNDER AS 16.05.255(g)] that
01 [(A)] predation is an important cause for the failure to achieve the
02 objectives set by the board [FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO A LOW OR
03 DECLINING PREY POPULATION THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH A GAME
04 MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE BOARD OF GAME], and
05 that a reduction of predation can reasonably be expected to aid in the achievement of
06 the objectives [RESULT IN AIDING AN INCREASE IN THE PREY
07 POPULATION OR IN ARRESTING THE DECLINE OF THE PREY
08 POPULATION]; or
09 (2) that [(B)] a disease or parasite of a predator population
10 (A) [(i)] is threatening the normal biological condition of the
11 predator population; or
12 (B) [(ii)] if left untreated, would spread to other populations [;
14 (2) THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES THAT AIRBORNE OR
15 SAME DAY AIRBORNE SHOOTING IS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH A
16 GAME MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE BOARD OF
18 * Sec. 2. AS 16.05.783 is amended by adding new subsections to read:
19 (e) When the Board of Game authorizes a predator control program that
20 includes airborne or same day airborne shooting, the board shall have the prerogative
21 to establish predator reduction objectives and limits, methods and means to be
22 employed, who is authorized to participate in the program, and the conditions for
23 participation of individuals in the program.
24 (f) The use of state employees or state owned or chartered equipment,
25 including helicopters, in a predator control program is prohibited without the approval
26 of the commissioner.
27 * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).