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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Passed by Senate Committee

Cara J

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On Capitol Hill, Congress is at work on a set of bills that will impact recreational hunting, fishing, shooting, and other outdoor activities. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a meeting on January 20 at which they marked up S.659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, which included about a dozen proposed amendments and elicited passionate arguments from committee members. In the end, the bill passed through committee with several new amendments. Some of the more controversial provisions and proposed amendments of the bill touched on topics such as wildlife trapping, natural resource protection, and chemical substance regulation. Senator Cory Booker spoke on an amendment that would limit the use of traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a restriction that would likely interfere with professional wildlife management and regulated trapping activities. The Wildlife Society collaborated with other organizations as a part of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners coalition, urging the committee to reject any amendments that would restrict the ability of professionals to manage wildlife and invasive species. Senator Booker declined to put his amendment to a vote. Another amendment discussed was The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Resource Protection Act, proposed by Senator Ben Cardin. This act [...]


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