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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-808



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 139 ]

Seasons and Bag Limits; Wildlife Management Units

[47 Pa.B. 2717]
[Saturday, May 13, 2017]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its March 28, 2017, meeting, amended § 139.17 (relating to wildlife management units) to expand wildlife management unit (WMU) 2E southward into WMU 2C to realign the southwest boundary line of WMU 2E from Route 422 to Route 22.

 This final-form rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for this final-form rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 47 Pa.B. 1486 (March 11, 2017).

1. Purpose and Authority

 A uniform system of WMUs was implemented in 2003 to replace the system of multiple species-specific management units. The primary objective of this new WMU system was to develop and implement wildlife management decisions on a system of more homogenous units based on physiographic, land cover and use, human population density and land ownership. WMU boundaries were defined using readily recognizable features on the landscape rather than hard to identify political boundaries. In 2008, the Commission conducted a 5-year evaluation of the structure of the WMU system which resulted in the development and implementation of four WMU map revisions. The Commission has again conducted an evaluation of the structure of the WMU system and developed a WMU map revision to expand WMU 2E southward into WMU 2C to realign the southwest boundary line of WMU 2E from Route 422 to Route 22.

 Section 322(c)(4) of the code (relating to powers and duties of commission) specifically authorizes the commission to ''[d]efine geographic limitations or restrictions.'' Section 322(c)(6) of the code specifically empowers the Commission to ''[l]imit the number of hunters or furtakers in any designated area and prescribe the lawful methods of hunting or taking furbearers in these areas.'' Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''[t]he commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate con-cerning game or wildlife and hunting or furtaking in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife and game or wildlife habitat, permitting or prohibiting hunting or furtaking, the ways, manner, methods and means of hunting or furtaking, and the health and safety of persons who hunt or take wildlife or may be in the vicinity of persons who hunt or take game or wildlife in this Commonwealth.'' The amendments to § 139.17 are adopted under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 This final-form rulemaking amends § 139.17 to expand WMU 2E southward into WMU 2C to realign the southwest boundary line of WMU 2E from Route 422 to Route 22.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to hunt or take game or wildlife within WMUs 2C and 2E may be affected by this final-form rulemaking.

4. Comment and Response Summary

 The Commission received a total of one official comment in support and one official comment in opposition to this final-form rulemaking.

5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 This final-form rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

6. Effective Date

 This final-form rulemaking will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

7. Contact Person

 For further information regarding this final-form rulemaking, contact Thomas P. Grohol, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.


 The Commission finds that:

 (1) Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendments adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§  1201 and 1202) and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.

 (2) The adoption of the amendments of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.


 The Commission, acting under the authorizing statute, orders that:

 (a) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 139, are amended by amending § 139.17 to read as set forth at 47 Pa.B. 1486.

 (b) The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and 47 Pa.B. 1486 and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.

 (c) This order shall become effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-404 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-808. Filed for public inspection May 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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