Exempts traps set in water from the requirement that they be visited once every 24 hours; such traps shall be visited once every 48 hours or a shorter interval as determined by the department of environmental conservation.
Ayes (49): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (14): Adams, Espaillat, Gianaris, Gipson, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Krueger, Montgomery, Parker, Rivera, Sanders, Serrano, Stavisky
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to exempting traps set in water from the requirement of being visited every twenty-four hours
PURPOSE: Exempts traps set in water from the requirement that they be visited once every 24 hours.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 11-1105 of Environmental Conservation law is amended to exempt traps set in water from the requirement of being visited every twenty-four hours.
JUSTIFICATION: Trapping in New York State is not only a pastime for some, but is also a method of animal population control and offers economic benefits to the producers and consumers of food and products from the wild game industry. Throughout New York State, there are fourteen species of furbearing animals. When trapping animals such as mink, beaver, muskrat and otter, water trapping is a method commonly used.
Trappers are bound by many rules and regulations to ensure the safety and security of wildlife populations. These rules are regulated by New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation. Included in the regulations that trappers must abide by are rules governing the checking of traps. In the Southern Zone, all traps must be checked once in each 24 hour period. The Northern Zone provides some leeway, allowing for traps set in water, as well as several other types of traps, to be checked once in each 48 hour period.
The proposed legislation would allow for underwater traps in all areas of New York to be exempt from the requirement that they be visited once in each 24 hour period. This would remove some of the burden placed on trappers when checking their traps, in addition to achieving a consistent regulation throughout the entire state, It would also have little to no impact on the animal or environment, as animals expire within a short period of time during underwater trapping.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A9173 referred to Environmental Conservation/S6166 referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3563 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 5, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to exempting traps set in water from the requirement of being visited every twenty-four hours THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 11-1105 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 279 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 1. Traps set for taking wildlife shall bear the name and residence address or the assigned identification number of the operator legibly at all times, provided, that state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies shall have access to the name, address and telephone number of such operator who was assigned such identification number. They shall be visited once in each twenty-four hours, except TRAPS in the Northern Zone
[where they]AND TRAPS SET IN WATER WHICH shall be visited once in each forty-eight hours or a shorter interval of no less than twenty-four hours as the department may, by regulation, require, and all wildlife held captive shall immediately be removed from the traps. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03006-01-3