[58 PA. CODE CH. 147]
Special Permits; Canada Geese
[37 Pa.B. 211]
[Saturday, January 13, 2007]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its October 3, 2006, meeting, proposed to add § 147.476 (relating to exceptions for resident Canada geese).
The proposed rulemaking will have no adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (Code).
The proposed rulemaking was made public at the October 3, 2006, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent, until January 19, 2007, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.
1. Purpose and Authority
A change in Federal regulations removed the Federal requirement for persons to obtain a joint State/Federal depredation permit to control the number of resident Canada geese on their property in certain circumstances. Therefore, in an effort to maintain compliance with the new Federal regulations, the Commission is proposing to add § 147.746 to remove the State requirement for persons to obtain a joint state/Federal depredation permit to control the number of resident Canada geese on their property in certain circumstances.
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 and promulgate regulations to control the activities which may be performed under authority of any permit issued.'' 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 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 addition of § 147.476 was proposed under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
The proposed rulemaking will add § 147.746 to remove the necessity for persons to obtain a joint state/Federal depredation permit to control the number of resident Canada geese on their property in certain circumstances.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to reduce or control the number of resident Canada geese on their property may be affected by the proposed rulemaking.
4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
The proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.
5. Effective Date
The proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.
6. Contact Person
For further information regarding the proposed rulemaking, contact Richard A. Palmer, Acting Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
CARL G. ROE,
Fiscal Note: 48-237. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 147. SPECIAL PERMITS
Subchapter U. DEPREDATION
(Editor's Note: The following section is new and is printed in regular type to enhance readability.)
§ 147.746. Exceptions for resident Canada geese.
(a) Egg addling and nest destruction. Private landowners and managers of public lands and their employees or agents may destroy the nests and eggs of resident Canada geese on lands under their jurisdiction when necessary to resolve or prevent injury to people or damage to property or agricultural crops between March 1 and June 30 without the need for a joint state/Federal permit when the following conditions have been met:
(1) Private landowners or managers of public land have registered with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at www.fws.gov/permits/mbpermits/gooseegg registration.html. Each person who will be conducting the activity shall be registered at this site prior to implementing control activities.
(i) Eggs may be addled by shaking, freezing with CO2 or oiling. If addled by oil, only 100% corn oil may be use.
(ii) Nests and eggs may be disposed of by burying or burning.
(2) Persons exercising privileges authorized by this subchapter shall file a report with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at www.fws.gov/permits/mbpermits/gooseeggregistration.html no later than October 31 of each year. Failure to file a report may result in the denial of permission to addle the eggs or destroy the nests of resident Canada geese in subsequent years.
(3) It shall be unlawful to interfere with the nest or eggs of resident Canada geese without first registering with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as required by this subchapter.
(b) Agricultural facilities.
(1) Commercial agricultural production. Persons actively engaged in commercial agriculture production may apply for a State-issued resident Canada goose depredation permit. This permit allows a commercial agriculturalproducer and its legitimate employees and agents to engage in the shooting or capture of resident Canada geese when necessary to prevent damage to agricultural crops and other interests by resident Canada geese. The permit will prescribe the method of taking and the number of resident Canada geese that may be taken. The permit will be valid from May 1--August 31 of the year in which the permit was issued. The permittee shall file a written report on a form provided by the Commission, regarding the activities authorized by the permit no later than October 31 of the year in which the permit was issued. Failure to file the report as required may result in future applications being denied.
(2) Application fee. An application fee of $50 in the form of check or money order shall be remitted to the Commission by the applicant at the time of application.
(c) Airports and military airfields.
(1) Federal requirement. Airports that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems and have received Federal grant-in aid assistance and military airfields may control resident Canada geese on property that is under their jurisdiction without the need for a State or joint state/Federal depredation permit if they comply with 50 CFR 21.49 (relating to control order for resident Canada geese at airports and military airfields).
(2) Unlawful acts. It shall be unlawful to control resident Canada geese on airport or military airfield property through lethal control or to destroy eggs and nests of resident Canada geese unless the participants are in compliance with 50 CFR 21.49 or are in possession of a joint state/Federal Canada goose depredation permit as prescribed in § 147.744 (relating to depredation permits for migratory waterfowl).
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-41. Filed for public inspection January 12, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]
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