Introduced by Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Giard of Addison District and Senator Lyons of Chittenden District
Subject: Fish and wildlife; coyote-hunting competitions prohibited; coyote predation prevention education
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to make it illegal to operate or participate in a coyote-hunting competition; assess 20 points for holding or participating in a coyote-hunting tournament; and direct the commissioner of fish and wildlife to carry out an education program to help landowners understand how to protect livestock against predation by coyotes.
AN ACT RELATING TO COYOTE-HUNTING COMPETITIONS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 4502(b) is amended to read:
(b) A person violating provisions of this part shall receive points for convictions in accordance with the following schedule (All sections are in Title 10 of Vermont Statutes Annotated.):
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(3) Twenty points shall be assessed for:
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(T) § 4521. Failure to stop
(U) § 4716. Holding or participating in a coyote-hunting competition.
Sec. 2. 10 V.S.A. § 4716 is added to read:
§ 4716. COYOTE-HUNTING COMPETITION PROHIBITED
(a) In this section, “coyote-hunting competition” means a contest in which people compete in the capturing or taking of coyotes for a prize or recognition based on the size, quality, or number of animals taken.
(b) No person or organization shall hold a coyote-hunting competition, and no person shall participate in a coyote-hunting tournament.
(c) A fish and wildlife warden shall ensure that any coyote injured during the course of an illegal coyote-hunting competition shall be immediately transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian to receive rehabilitation treatment or to be euthanized. The carcass of any coyote killed during an illegal hunting tournament shall become the property of the commissioner.
Sec. 3. COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND WILDLIFE; LANDOWNER
EDUCATION; PROTECTION OF LIVESTOCK FROM COYOTE PREDATION
(a) The commissioner of fish and wildlife shall conduct a program to educate farmers and other landowners about proper use of fencing and guard animals to protect livestock against coyotes and how to avoid attracting coyotes.
(b) On or before January 15, 2007, the commissioner shall report to the senate committee on natural resources and energy and the house committee on fish, wildlife and water resources on activities carried out under this section.
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