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A08295 Summary:

COSPNSRColton, Reyes, Bichotte Hermelyn, Weprin, Seawright, Simone, Epstein, Burdick, Steck, Davila, Rosenthal L, Shimsky, Mamdani, Bores
Add §11-0541, En Con L
Protects wolves by requiring animals which could be wolves be submitted for a DNA test and, when determined to be wolves, requiring the department take action to protect wolves from being taken in the future.
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A08295 Actions:

11/27/2023referred to environmental conservation
01/03/2024referred to environmental conservation
02/15/2024amend and recommit to environmental conservation
02/15/2024print number 8295a
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A08295 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    November 27, 2023
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CARROLL,  COLTON,  REYES, BICHOTTE HERMELYN,
          WEPRIN, SEAWRIGHT, SIMONE, EPSTEIN, BURDICK -- read once and  referred
          to  the  Committee on Environmental Conservation -- recommitted to the
          Committee on Environmental Conservation in  accordance  with  Assembly
          Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
          protecting wolves
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
     2  new section 11-0541 to read as follows:
     3  § 11-0541. Protection of wolves.
     4    1. All wild canids taken in the state shall be checked and tagged in a
     5  manner to be determined by the department. For purposes of this section,
     6  "wild  canids" shall mean coyotes, including canids that when taken were
     7  thought to be coyotes but which subsequent DNA analysis revealed  to  be
     8  wolves.
     9    2.  Wild  canids  that are taken that have a weight greater than fifty
    10  pounds or that meet additional criteria established  by  the  department
    11  shall  be  subjected  to  a DNA analysis, paid for by the department, to
    12  determine the genetic composition of the animal. Such analysis shall  be
    13  conducted by a reputable laboratory that has prior experience genotyping
    14  hybridized  Canis  populations in the eastern United States. The results
    15  of any analysis performed shall promptly be provided to  the  public  by
    16  posting on the department's website.
    17    3.  In the event that the department determines, based on DNA analysis
    18  or other scientific method, that a wild canid  taken  or  found  in  the
    19  state is a wolf, the department shall:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (a)  determine  the  location  where  the  wolf was taken or found and
     2  determine, based on field research,  whether  there  may  be  additional
     3  wolves in the vicinity;
     4    (b)  impose  a  moratorium on the taking of wild canids, in a specific
     5  area of the state, for as long as the department determines is necessary
     6  to protect any wolves in the occupied wolf territory and  any  potential
     7  adjacent territories; and
     8    (c)  inform  the  public  of the moratorium through posting of written
     9  notices in the moratorium area and on the department's website.
    10    4. No later than January first three years after the effective date of
    11  this section, and every  six  years  thereafter,  the  department  shall
    12  submit to the legislature a report on the status of wolves in the state,
    13  based on data collected by or submitted to the department and such other
    14  methods  as determined appropriate by the department.  The status report
    15  shall be simultaneously posted on the department's website.
    16    5. The department shall  modify  its  hunting  and  trapping  training
    17  curriculum to include educational information concerning the presence of
    18  wolves  in the state, the legal protections for wolves, the checking and
    19  tagging requirements for wild canids, and how to distinguish a wolf from
    20  a coyote when a hunter or trapper is in the field.
    21    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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