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Rule to restrict predator hunting contests considered by Arizona Game and Fish
Public comment period ends May 12

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is proposing to adopt a rule that would prohibit using any lethal method of take during hunting contests for predatory and fur-bearing animals, as defined under Arizona Revised Statutes 17-101.

The commission’s intent in adopting this rule is to address social concerns associated with hunting contests that award prizes to participants who kill the largest number or variety of predatory or fur-bearing animals.

Wildlife predator/fur-bearing hunting contests that link economic gain to the greatest number or variety of animals killed are contrary to the important principle that the take of wildlife should not be allowed to go to waste or be taken for economic gain.

The proposed rule would not apply to lawful, regulated hunting of predatory and fur-bearing animals, which plays an important role in wildlife management.

In a public meeting March 15, the commission unanimously approved a Notice of Rulemaking Docket Opening and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It was published in the Arizona Administrative Register on April 12, beginning a 30-day comment period for the public to provide feedback.

If approved, the rule will add this paragraph: “A person shall not by any means, participate in, organize, promote, or solicit participation in a contest where a participant uses or intends to use any device or implement to capture or kill predatory animals or fur-bearing animals as defined under A.R.S. § 17-101.

For the purposes of this subsection, ‘contest’ means a competition among participants where participants must register or record entry and pay a fee and prizes or cash are awarded to winning or successful participants.”

All public comments received from April 12 to May 12 become part of the official record for this proposed rulemaking.

There are two ways to submit comments:

• E-mail: rulemaking@azgfd.gov

• U.S. mail: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Rules Section, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

All public comments will be evaluated before a Notice of Final Rulemaking is taken to the commission for its consideration. If approved, the final rule would be reviewed by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

To view the notice, visit azgfd.com/agency/rulemaking/.

Information provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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