Update: California Gov. Signs SB 1221 Into LawCHC - COHA, Bear Hunting Magazine
Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a hard-fought bill banning the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats.
Many Republicans opposed the bill. In a statement Wednesday, Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber said it will "infringe" on rights of hunters. "I am deeply disappointed that the governor has chosen to sign this into law."
Original News Flash:
Only Days Left For Governor to Act on Bill to Ban Bear and Bobcat Hunting with Hounds
SB 1221, legislation authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D/28-Torrance) that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California, is on the Governor's desk for his signature or veto. In addition to authorizing the use of dogs for scientific research and depredation purposes, recent amendments allow the Fish and Game Commission to establish a "Hound Tag Program" which would include the requirement that each dog used to pursue any game mammal have a license tag bearing a unique identifying number, be microchipped, and place other costly and overly onerous requirements on the dog owners. Further, the amendments provide for the Commission to charge a fee to cover the cost of the Program - in essence, establishing an unprecedented "use tax" for the use of dogs to hunt mammals.
Please call the Governor and ask him to Veto SB 1221.
Governor Jerry Brown
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160