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June 18, 2007

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New Jersey Bill Would Cut Hunters’ Influence

If you think hunters will always have a strong voice in how state agencies manage fish and game; if that is something you take for granted (as many of us have for years), you need to pay attention to what is going on in New Jersey.

By now you know that a black bear season was yanked out from under the state’s hunters. Now a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Panter, D-Monmouth, who says he wants to give a greater voice to non-lethal means of wildlife control, has advanced in the Assembly. The proposed legislation would shrink the state’s Fish and Game Council from its 11 members to seven and remove the requirement that a majority of the panel's members be hunters.

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