Representative Dick has introduced HB 187 to amend existing statute governing management of Delta bison. The bill is pasted in below.
We have gone over this issue here before. There is overwhelming public opposition to fencing in the Delta bison herd. The working group and Advisory Committees don't want that either. So I'm not sure why Rep Dick is pushing this bill that, the way I read it, seeks to mandate fencing in the bison in some form.
There is also another bill from Rep Dick, and Rep. Feige, who is the co-chair of House Resource committee, regarding wood bison (HB 186), that seeks to take away authority of ADFG to reintroduce wood bison and tie that to what may happen with the Delta bison issue. You can read both of the bills at this link
I encourage hunters to voice their opposition to HB 187 and fencing in the Delta bison herd by sending in comments to the House resources committee and Rep. Dick.
Here is Rep. Dick's contact info:
Here is contact info for House Resources committee:
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HOUSE BILL NO. 187
IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE - FIRST SESSION
BY REPRESENTATIVE DICK
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED
"An Act relating to game management of bison."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
* Section 1. AS 16.20.310(a) is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner shall develop and may amend a game management plan for bison in the area described in AS 16.20.300. After holding public hearings in accordance with AS 44.62.310 - 44.62.319 (Open Meetings Act), the commissioner shall implement the game management plan. In developing and amending a game management plan, the commissioner shall also take into consideration studies and suggestions from working groups or task forces related to the game management plan.
* Sec. 2. AS 16.20.310(b) is amended to read:
(b) The game management plan must include, but is not limited to
(1) planting grains for bison and planting other wildlife forage;
(2) altering existing plant cover to create additional range and year
round habitat for bison and other animal species in the area;
(3) tilling to produce forage;
(4) designing, developing, and building diversionary or temporary
3 fencing, holding pens, and other apparatus to prevent the movement of bison into agricultural areas.