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First Substitute H.B. 342

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM by lerror. --> This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM by lpoole. -->

Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
WILD TURKEY MANAGEMENT

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to the management of turkeys.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the Division of Wildlife Resources to investigate and mitigate S. [ substantial ]
             12a           material .S
             13      damage to private property by a wild turkey;
             14          .    gives rulemaking authority to the Wildlife Board to administer provisions relating to
             15      private property damage caused by wild turkeys; and
             16          . S. [ requires ] directs .S the Division of Wildlife Resources to establish two general
             16a      season turkey
             17      hunts per year.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      ENACTS:
             24          23-17-5.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25          23-17-5.2, Utah Code Annotated 1953


             26     
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 23-17-5.1 is enacted to read:
             29          23-17-5.1. Damage by turkeys.
             30          (1) As used in this section, "turkey" means a wild, free ranging turkey and does not
             31      include a privately owned or domestic turkey.
             32          (2) (a) If a turkey H. [ substantially ] .H S. materially .S damages private property,
             32a1      the landowner
             32a      or lessee of the
             33      property may:
             34          (i) notify the division of the damage; and
             35          (ii) request that the division take action to mitigate the damage.
             36          (b) The landowner or lessee of the damaged property shall allow division staff
             37      reasonable access to the damaged property to verify and mitigate the damage.
             38          (3) (a) Within S. [ 48 ] 72 .S hours after receiving a request for action under Subsection
             38a      (2)(a)(ii),
             39      the division shall investigate the damaged property and, if it appears that S. [ substantial ]
             39a      material .S damage by
             40      a turkey may continue, the division shall begin to:
             41          (i) remove or drive off the turkeys causing the damage; or
             42          (ii) implement a damage mitigation and prevention plan with the written approval of
             43      the landowner or lessee of the property.
             44          (b) As part of a damage mitigation and prevention plan described in Subsection
             45      (3)(a)(ii), the division may:
             46          (i) schedule a depredation hunt;
             47          (ii) issue a permit to the landowner or lessee to, during a general or special season hunt
             48      authorized by the Wildlife Board, take a turkey on the property;
             49          (iii) allow the landowner or lessee to designate recipients who may obtain a mitigation
             50      permit to, during a general or special season hunt authorized by the Wildlife Board, take a
             51      turkey on the property;
             52          (iv) use, or allow the landowner or lessee to use, a nonlethal method to drive off a
             53      turkey that causes damage to the property;
             54          (v) capture and relocate, or allow the landowner or lessee to capture and relocate, a
             55      turkey that causes damage to the property; or
             56          (vi) use, or authorize the landowner or lessee to use, a weapon or method otherwise


             57      prohibited to take a turkey under this title, if traditional weapons and methods are unsuitable
             58      for the location of the property due to local law or public safety concerns.
             59          (c) If the division takes an action described in Subsection (3)(b)(ii) or (iii), the division
             60      shall specify the number and sex of turkeys the landowner or lessee is authorized to take in
             61      accordance with Subsections (3)(b)(ii) or (iii).
             62          (d) If a landowner or lessee takes a turkey under Subsection (3)(b)(ii), the division and
             63      the landowner or lessee shall jointly determine the number of turkeys the landowner or lessee
             64      may retain.
             65          (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             66      Wildlife Board may make rules necessary to administer the provisions of this section.
             67          Section 2. Section 23-17-5.2 is enacted to read:
             68          23-17-5.2. General season turkey hunts.
             69          The Wildlife Board S. [ shall ] may .S establish two general season turkey hunts per year.


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