House OKs changes to predator control laws

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

The state House on Wednesday approved Gov. Sarah Palin's bill to streamline state game laws.

That's over the objections of some who say it would allow the Board of Game to initiate predator control without proper scientific justification.

House Bill 256 passed 25-12.

Managers from the Department of Fish and Game say the bill allows the board to respond quickly to declines in prey populations while continuing to base its decisions on the department's research and advise.

Critics say it creates a loose standard of review that an ideologically motivated board can ignore.

A citizen initiative to limit predator control programs is before voters in the fall. The bill goes to the Senate next.

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