Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE:  September 16, 2020

AGENCY:  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16 – Hunting (predator hunting contests)

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME  04333; Tel: 207-287-5202; becky.orff@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):

PUBLIC HEARING (if any):  October 6, 2020 @ 4:00pm - via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business October 5, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  October 16, 2020

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received a valid petition to consider amending Chapter 16 rules as they pertain to the hunting of coyote and predator hunting contests. The petitioner has requested rules be modified to create a definition for coyote and predator hunting contests, establish a registration requirement for all coyotes harvested and create a daily bag and possession limit for coyote with a modified hunting season.  The petitioner has also requested that two new rule sections be created which will limit the harvest of coyote to those weighing less than 40 pounds and implement a prohibition on any predator hunting contests. Please contact the agency contact person above for a complete copy of the proposed rule. NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person.  However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or becky.orff@maine.gov  for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES:  No fiscal impact is anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE:  12 MRSA, Section 10104

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON:  Becky.Orff@maine.gov

 

ADVERTISE:  September 16, 2020

AGENCY:  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 17 – Trapping (coyote trapping season)

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME  04333; Tel: 207-287-5202; becky.orff@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):

PUBLIC HEARING (if any):  October 7, 2020 @ 4:00pm - via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business October 6, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  October 19, 2020

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received a valid petition to consider amending Chapter 17 rules as they pertain to the coyote trapping season. The petitioner’s request would modify rules and remove the coyote from the statewide general trapping season. Please contact the agency contact person above for a complete copy of the proposed rule. NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person.  However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or becky.orff@maine.gov  for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES:  No fiscal impact is anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE:  12 MRSA, Section 10104, 12251

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON:  Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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