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  • Pat Scala
    Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Put Deer Herd Under Local Control
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 15, 2007
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      Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Put Deer Herd Under Local Control
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      From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

      -- Local control gives anti's the edge.

      September 14, 2007 (Illinois) -- A new Illinois law will endanger hunting by
      stripping the Department of Natural Resources of its authority to regulate
      deer populations.

      On Aug 28, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed HB 3425. The provision will allow
      local governments to manage deer herds using methods other than hunting. A
      local government that conducts a DNR-approved study of alternative deer
      population controls in addition to hunting may now unilaterally implement
      the alternative methods deemed useful.

      "There is great danger in a law that diverts wildlife management
      decision-making away from the state, which has the resources and expertise
      to make such decisions," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance President Bud
      Pidgeon.

      "Putting wildlife in the hands of local governments makes it easier for
      anti-hunters to strike against hunting, not to mention the fact that it
      creates a patchwork approach that will cripple successful wildlife
      management."

      House Bill 3425 creates a slippery slope. Today, the call is for local
      control of deer herds, but anti-hunters will run with the concept and
      advocate local management of all hunting and trapping.

      House Bill 3425 passed the House of Representatives on April 17, by a vote
      of 70 to 40. It passed the Senate on May 31, by a vote of 33 to 23.





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