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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 05-706



[58 PA. CODE CH. 147]

Special Permits; Bobcats

[35 Pa.B. 2305]

   To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its January 25, 2005, meeting, adopted an amendment to § 147.701 (relating to general).

   The final-form rulemaking will have no adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

   The authority for the final rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

   Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 34 Pa.B. 6549 (December 11, 2004).

1.  Introduction

   The Commission amended § 147.701 to permit the Executive Director to set application submission period requirements for bobcat hunting-trapping permits to facilitate a more convenient and standardized application process for permit applicants.

2.  Purpose and Authority

   Formerly, the Commission maintained specific submission and post marking requirements regarding bobcat hunting-trapping permits within its regulations. To make the process of applying for bobcat hunting-trapping permits more convenient for applicants and also standardize the procedures for paper and online applications among different species, the Commission amended § 147.701 to require all applications to be submitted in accordance with periods set by the Executive Director. The final-form rulemaking continues to give applicants the option of applying for bobcat hunting-trapping permits on-line, using the Commission's Outdoor Shop or applying through the mail.

   Section 2901(b) of the code (relating to authority to issue permits) provides ''the commission may, as deemed necessary to properly manage the game or wildlife resources, promulgate regulations for the issuance of any permit . . . . '' Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''The commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife . . . in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife . . . in this Commonwealth.'' The amendment to § 147.701 was adopted under this authority.

3.  Regulatory Requirements

   The final-form rulemaking will require applicants for bobcat hunting-trapping permits to abide by submission requirements established by the Executive Director to facilitate a more convenient and standardized application process for applicants.

4.  Persons Affected

   Persons who wish to apply for a bobcat hunting-trapping permit will be affected by the final-form rulemaking.

5.  Comment and Response Summary

   There were no official comments received regarding this final-form rulemaking.

6.  Cost and Paperwork Requirements

   The final-form rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

7.  Effective Date

   The final-form rulemaking will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

8.  Contact Person

   For further information regarding the final-form rulemaking, contact Michael A. Dubaich, Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.


   The Commission finds that:

   (1)  Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendment adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P. L. 769, No. 240) (45 P. S. §§ 1201 and 1202) and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.

   (2)  The adoption of the amendment of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.


   The Commission, acting under authorizing statute, orders that:

   (a)  The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 147, are amended by amending § 147.701 to read as set forth in Annex A.

   (b)  The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and Annex A and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.

   (c)  This order shall become effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Executive Director

   Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-198 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.

Annex A





§ 147.701. General.

   This section provides for permits to be issued for the hunting and trapping of bobcat during the season established and in areas designated under § 139.4 (relating to seasons and bag limits for the license year).

   (1)  A permit will only be issued to residents of this Commonwealth who possess a valid resident furtakers license, junior combination license, senior combination license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706 of the act (relating to resident license and fee exemptions) or to persons who qualify under section 2363 of the act (relating to trapping exception for certain persons).

   (2)  The fee for an application for a permit to take a bobcat is $5.

   (3)  Applications shall be submitted on a form supplied by the Commission or by using an electronic application on the Commission's Internet website and shall contain the required information as requested. For the purpose of having a unique identifier assigned to each individual in the database, permitting a crosscheck for duplicates, applicants shall provide their Social Security number on the application, or hunter ID number. A $5 application fee shall accompany the application and is nonrefundable. Applications shall be submitted to the Commission's Harrisburg Headquarters.

   (4)  Applications shall be submitted in accordance with periods set by the Director.

   (5)  Only one application per person may be submitted. Anyone submitting more than one application for a permit will have all applications rejected.

   (6)  The selection of applications will be made by random drawing from all eligible applications submitted. Incomplete, illegible or duplicate applications will not be included in the drawing. The drawing will be held at the Commission's Harrisburg Headquarters on the second Friday in September and shall be open to the public.

   (7)  A special permit authorizing the lawful taking of one bobcat will be delivered to successful applicants by standard first class mail through and by the United States Postal Service. Permits shall be mailed by the first Friday in October. The number of permits issued shall be set by the Executive Director no later than the first day of June.

   (8)  Tagging requirements are as follows:

   (i)  A permitted person taking a bobcat shall immediately, before removing the bobcat from the location of the taking, fully complete a temporary carcass tag furnished with the permit, which contains in English the person's name, address, special permit number, date of harvest, county and township of harvest, wildlife management unit of harvest and method of harvest and attach the tag to the bobcat. The bobcat carcass shall remain intact, that is, with entrails, until examined and tagged by a Commission representative. The temporary carcass tag shall remain attached to the animal until it is tagged with a numbered permanent interlocking tag. The person taking the bobcat may remove the pelt provided the pelt is kept with the carcass for examination and tagging.

   (ii)  A permitted person taking a bobcat shall contact the Commission within 48 hours of the taking by telephoning the number specified on the permit to arrange for carcass examination, data collection and tagging.

   (iii)  A bobcat taken under authority of a special permit shall be tagged with a numbered permanent interlocking tag no later than 4 p.m. on the 10th day following the closing of the bobcat season.

   (iv)  The tag shall remain attached to the bobcat until it is mounted, tanned, made into a commercial fur or prepared for consumption.

   (9)  An applicant issued a bobcat hunting-trapping permit is not permitted to apply for another bobcat hunting-trapping permit the next license year. Applications from current applicants who have applied in the 2003-2004 license year and proceeding years will be included in the drawing until the applicant is successfully drawn and issued a permit.

   (10)  A bobcat guide permit will be issued as follows:

   (i)  A person who assists another person to hunt or take bobcats in any manner shall first secure a bobcat guide permit from the Commission.

   (ii)  The fee for a bobcat guide permit is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-706. Filed for public inspection April 15, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]

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