[58 PA. CODE CHS. 147]
Special Permits; Bobcats
[34 Pa.B. 6549]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its October 5, 2004, meeting, proposed the following rulemaking:
Amend § 147.701 (relating to general) to permit the Executive Director to set application submission period requirements for bobcat hunting-trapping permits to facilitate a more convenient and standardized application process for permit applicants.
This proposed rulemaking will have no adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
This authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
This proposed rulemaking was made public at the October 5, 2004, meeting of the Commission, and comments can be sent to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, until January 21, 2005.
1. Purpose and Authority
Currently, the Commission maintains specific submission and post marking requirements related to bobcat hunting-trapping permits within its regulations. To make the process of applying for bobcat hunting-trapping permits more convenient for applicants and also standardize the procedures for paper and online applications among different species, the Commission is proposing to require all applications to be submitted in accordance with periods set by the Executive Director. This proposed rulemaking would continue to give applicants the option of applying for bobcat hunting-trapping permits online, using the Commission's Outdoor Shop or applying through the mail.
Section 2901(b) of the code (relating to authority to issue permits) provides ''the commission may, as deemed necessary to properly manage the game or wildlife resources, promulgate regulations for the issuance of any permit . . .'' Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''The commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife . . . in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife . . . in this Commonwealth.'' This proposed rulemaking is made under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
This proposed rulemaking will require applicants for bobcat hunting-trapping permits to abide by submission requirements established by the Executive Director to facilitate a more convenient and standardized application process for applicants.
3. Persons Affected
Persons who wish to apply for a bobcat hunting-trapping permit will be affected by this proposed rulemaking.
4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
This proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.
5. Effective Date
This proposed rulemaking will be effective on final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.
6. Contact Person
For further information regarding this proposed rulemaking, contact Michael A. Dubaich, Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
VERNON R. ROSS,
Fiscal Note: 48-198. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 147. SPECIAL PERMITS
Subchapter S. BOBCAT HUNTING-TRAPPING PERMIT
§ 147.701. General.
This section provides for permits to be issued for the hunting and trapping of bobcat during the season established and in areas designated under § 139.4 (relating to seasons and bag limits for the license year).
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(4) Applications [may only be submitted between July 1 and the third Friday in August. Applications post marked later than the third Friday in August will be rejected] must be submitted in accordance with periods set by the Executive Director.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-2181. Filed for public inspection December 10, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]
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