Ohio Wildlife Council pushes back public hearing dates

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Ohio Wildlife Council pushes back public hearing dates

The Ohio Wildlife Council has rescheduled its public hearing date on hunting season proposals to a later date.

The Statewide Fish and Game Hearing regarding Ohio’s 2018-19 hunting season proposals has been pushed back from March to being Thursday, April 12 beginning at 9 a.m. The hearing will be held at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife District One office, located 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus.

One of the proposals being considered is removing bobcats from a list of wild animals that cannot be trapped. As The Messenger has reported, the proposal would establish a tapping season for bobcats running from Nov. 10, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019, or until the “harvested” bobcat limits are reached.

“Zone B,” which includes Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Perry and Vinton counties, is limited to 20 bobcats; “Zone C,” which includes nearby Washington and Morgan counties, is limited to 40 bobcats.

Another proposal would change the rule that dictates how ODNR must advertise public notice of hearings regarding proposed rules and changes.

“The regulation states that the Department of Natural Resources must put out public notice of hearing for the purpose of promulgating rules to be conducted by the Wildlife Council,” stated ODNR spokesperson Lindsay Rist in an email. “This part will not change.”

What would change if the proposal is approved, however, is where the hearing notices would have to be listed. The current rule requires hearing notices to be published in five newspapers of general circulation in the state; but if the proposal is approved, ODNR would only have to publish the notices on its website.

The general comment period for the proposed rule changes has been extended through Saturday, March 31. Residents can submit comment online at www.wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that either approves or rejects proposed rules and regulations from ODNR’s Division of Wildlife.

Originally posted at the Athens Messenger by staff reports on Mar 8, 2018.
Image courtesy Ohio Division of Wildlife.

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