AB 2805 COULD DESTROY WILD PIG POPULATIONS!
IT MUST BE STRONGLY OPPOSED BY HUNTERS!
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MAJOR POINTS OF OPPOSITION:
- The wild pig would lose its game mammal status and be reclassified as non-game, exotic or another designation that would allow them to be killed in large numbers by virtually any means.
- Wild pigs could be trapped and killed in the traps, and possibly even poisoned. The relocation of trapped pigs where they could be hunted would be prohibited.
- The requirements for property owners to obtain a permit to kill depredating wild pigs and to report on the number killed would be eliminated, thus doing away with any Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) oversight and recordkeeping needed for proper management of wild pig populations.
- Would allow landowners to kill pigs on sight under a contention that they are “threatening” their property.
- Would allow landowners to let the edible portions of carcasses of wild pigs to go to waste in the field.
- Could allow methods of killing wild pigs that are cruel and which could be detrimental to the well-being of other wildlife species, such as poisoning.
- Would delete the DFW’s mandate to actively manage wild pig populations as they do other species.
- Wild pigs would no longer be managed under the principles of scientific wildlife management, but by politics, speculation and emotion, as in the case of the recent ban on bobcat trapping.
- Wild pig tag/validation money could no longer to be used by DFW to engage in programs that benefit wild pigs, and thus hunters, but could be used instead to develop “management” that could authorize the indiscriminate killing of pigs on a large scale by property owners. Using hunter’s money in this manner is highly inappropriate.
- Would repeal the requirement that DFW notify landowners of the option to use hunting as a means of reducing the number of wild pigs on their property.
AB 2805 MUST BE STRONGLY OPPOSED!
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE IT!!
To Find Your California Legislators:
- Go to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
- Enter your address, city and zip code. Click on “Locate.” Your Senator and Assemblymember will appear to the left of the map along with his/her contact information.
Contact the bill’s author, Frank Bigelow, and tell him you’re opposed to this bill:
Phone: 916-319-2005 FAX: 916-319-2105
Here is the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee where this bill will be heard. If one of these legislators is your assemblymember, please CONTACT HIM/HER IMMEDIATELY to register your opposition to this bill. Remember, legislators only want to hear from their constituents.
|ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE|
|Garcia, Eduardo (Chair)||56||D||4140||916 319 2056||916 319 2156|
|Gallagher, James (Vice-Chair)||3||R||2158||916 319 2003||916 319 2103|
|Bigelow, Franklin||5||R||4158||916 319 2005||916 319 2105|
|Carrillo, Wendy||51||D||2160||916 319 2051||916 319 2151|
|Choi, Steven||68||R||2016||916 319 2068||916 319 2168|
|Chu, Kansen||25||D||3126||916 319 2025||916 319 2125|
|Friedman, Laura||43||D||2137||916 319 2043||916 319 2143|
|Gloria, Todd||78||D||2176||916 319 2078||916 319 2178|
|Harper, Matthew||74||R||3147||916 319 2074||916 319 2174|
|Kalra, Ash||27||D||5160||916 319 2027||916 319 2127|
|Levine, Marc||10||D||5135||916 319 2010||916 319 2110|
|Mathis, Devon||26||R||2111||916 319 2026||916 319 2126|
|Rubio, Blanca||48||D||5175||916 319 2048||916 319 2148|
|Salas, Rudy||32||D||4016||916 319 2032||916 319 2132|
|Wood, Jim||2||D||6005||916 319 2002||916 319 2102|