Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE:  June 17, 2020

AGENCY:  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 16.09 – Bear Hunting

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER (leave blank; assigned by Secretary of State):

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME  04333; Tel: 207-287-5202; becky.orff@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):

PUBLIC HEARING (if any):  Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on July 7, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  July 20, 2020

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, at the request of 5 or more members of the public, will be holding a virtual (Microsoft Teams) public hearing to discuss a proposal that was advertised in a previous notice on May 6, 2020. The previous notice advertised that the Department had received a valid petition to consider amending Chapter 16 rules as they pertain to bear hunting. The petitioner has requested rules be modified to establish a bear feeding season, establish a bear feeding permit and set limits on the number of bear feeding permits issued annually. Please contact the agency contact person for a complete copy of the proposed rule. Persons who have already commented on the previously advertised rule proposal are not required to resubmit those comments. NOTICE: Due to the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor, public hearings are now closed to the public physically attending. If you have not previously submitted comment on the proposal, the public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person.  However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or becky.orff@maine.gov  by close of business on July 7, 2020 for details. Thank you for your understanding while we are experiencing this state of emergency.

IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES:  No fiscal impact is anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE:  12 MRSA, Section 10104

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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