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Game, Fish Officials And Lawmakers Oppose Change Regarding Endangered Species

November 5, 2013

The directors of Pennsylvania’s Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission will be joined by lawmakers, environmentalists and outdoorsmen at a news conference in Harrisburg on Thursday morning (10:00 AM) to discuss their opposition to a bill in the state House of Representatives regarding the decision-making process concerning endangered species in Pennsylvania.

Joining the Game Commission’s Carl Roe and the Fish and Boat Commission’s John Arway will be officials from the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited and PennFuture, and several state legislators, including the Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Representative Greg Vitali, from Delaware County.

Vitali says a bill scheduled for a vote next Wednesday (Nov. 13) in the House Game and Fisheries Committee would take the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened away from the Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission or the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and would transfer the decision-making process to the Independent Regulatory Review Committee and the state legislature.

The bill would also require that any species currently listed as endangered or threatened go through the new process within two years of the enactment of the measure to justify its continued designation.

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