An Opportunity to Comment
Wild Horse Freedom Federation‘s (WHFF) Director of Wild Burro Affairs, Marjorie Farabee, has brought to our attention that this week the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be holding an annual hearing. It is interesting to note that with all of the controversy swirling around the TPWD’s policy of shooting wild burros on sight there is no mention of them or their policy on the proposed agenda, Marjorie intends to change that with your help. Below is an excerpt from her latest update:
“Here is the breakdown of how these meetings will be conducted. On August 24th at 9 am the committee will discuss agenda items 1- 21. The public may attend but they may not participate. At 2 PM is open mic. The public may discuss any item related to the parks at this time. The burros may be addressed if we choose, and we can speak for 3 minutes.
Annual Public Hearing
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744
Commissioner Peter M. Holt, Commission Chair
Carter Smith, Commission Liaison http://www.tpwd.state.TX.us/business/feedback/public_comment/
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will take Public Testimony on any Issue Related to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Presenter: John Davis
Commercial Nongame Permit Rules
August 25, 2011
I. Executive Summary: This item seeks adoption of proposed changes to rules governing the collection and sale of nongame wildlife. The proposed amendments would:
- Authorize the possession, transportation, sale, offering for sale, importation, and exportation of dead armadillos by persons who hold a commercial nongame dealer permit;
- Clarify that “black list” species may be imported, possessed, and sold, provided they are lawfully acquired;
- Remove all species of bats from the effect of the rules; and
- Make housekeeping-type changes to update internal references.
II. Discussion: Under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 67, the department is required to develop and administer management programs to ensure the continued ability of nongame species of fish and wildlife to perpetuate themselves successfully, and to conduct ongoing investigations of nongame fish and wildlife to develop information on populations, distribution, habitat needs, limiting factors, and any other biological or ecological data to determine appropriate management and regulatory information. The commission is required to establish any limits on the taking, possession, propagation, transportation, importation, exportation, sale, or offering for sale of nongame fish or wildlife that the department considers necessary to manage the species.
At the May 25, 2011 Regulations Committee meeting, staff was authorized to publish proposed rules in the Texas Register for public comment. The proposed rules appeared in the July 22, 2011, issue of the Texas Register (36 TexReg 4643-4644). A summary of public comment on the proposed rules will be presented at the time of the hearing.
III. Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Commission adopt the following motions:
“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopts amendments to 31 TAC §§65.325, 65.327, and 65.331, concerning Commercial Nongame Permits, with changes as necessary to the proposed text as published in the July 22, 2011, issue of the Texas Register (36 TexReg 4643-4644).”
Commission Agenda Item No. 16
Presenter: Scott Vaca
Implementation of Legislation during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session
House Bill 716 — Permits for Aerial Management of Wildlife and Exotic Species
August 25, 2011
I. Executive Summary: This item presents for adoption, proposed amendments that would implement the provisions of House Bill 716, enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature, which authorizes the Commission to promulgate rules allowing the holder of an aerial hunting permit to contract with a qualified landowner or landowner’s authorized representative to act as a gunner or observer for the take of feral hogs or coyotes from a helicopter.
II. Discussion: House Bill 716 amended the Parks and Wildlife Code by adding new §43.1075, which allows a qualified landowner or landowner’s agent, as determined by commission rule, to contract to participate as a hunter or observer in using a helicopter to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes under the authority of a permit issued under Parks and Wildlife, Subchapter G.
Staff was authorized at the May, 2011 meeting of the Regulations Committee to publish proposed rules required or authorized by legislation enacted by the 82nd Legislature. The proposed amendments were published in the July 22, 2011 issue of the Texas Register (36 TegReg 4641-4643). Staff will present a summary of public comment at the time of the meeting.
III. Recommendation: Staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:
“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopts proposed new 31 TAC §65.151 and §65.152, concerning Permits for Aerial Management of Wildlife and Exotic Species, with changes as necessary to the proposed text as published in the July 22, 2011, issue of the Texas Register (36 TexReg 4641-4643).” ”
If anyone is interested in either commenting or attending please contact Marjorie at firstname.lastname@example.org