California Legislation 2012
Bill to Ban Bear Hunting with Dogs Signed by Governor
SB 1221, legislation that outlaws the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on the afternoon of September 26th. Easily the most severe anti-hunting legislation ever passed into California law, SB 1221 was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D/28th-Torrance) and Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D/06th-Sacramento).
In addition to prohibiting the hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds, SB 1221 prohibits �pursuing, running or chasing� any bear or bobcat with any dog at any time. Further, the bill expressly clarifies the Department of Fish and Game�s ability to �capture or dispatch� any dog inflicting injury or even threatening to inflict injury on any bear or bobcat at any time. Read article at California Outdoor Heritage Alliance
SB 1221 Text and Status
COMMITTEE ANALYSIS posted April 20.
May 7. Senate Appropriations Committee passes SB 1221. AYES: Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego; Elaine Alquist (D); Ted Lieu (D); Curren Price (D); Darrell Steinberg (D). NOES: Mimi Walters (R), Bob Dutton (R).
Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water passes SB 1221 AYES 5 - NOES 3.
Voting YES: Sens. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto; Lois Wolk, D-Davis; Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego; and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills.
Voting AGAINST: Sens. Doug LaMalfa, R-Oroville; Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield; and Anthony Cannella; R-Ceres. Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, did not vote.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has joined forces with Senator Ted Lieu and Senator Darrell Steinberg (Rules Chair) to introduce Senate Bill 1221 that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California. If enacted this bill could set a precedent to ban hunting other game, including small game and birds, with dogs.
SB 1221 would criminalize the use of dogs for the pursuit or take of bear and bobcat, allow Department of Fish and Game employees to kill any dog threatening to injure a bear or bobcat, and prevent the owner of the dog from pressing criminal charges or filing a civil claim against that employee.
By respecting regulations, season limits, and paying license fees and federal excise taxes ethical hunters are the primary source of conservation funding to benefit all wildlife, hunted and nonhunted. Hound hunting is one of the most highly effective and constructive forms of wildlife management.
Data indicates that California's bear population has increased in recent years. Black bears are being observed in areas where they were not seen 50 years ago along the Central Coast and Transverse mountain ranges of Southern California. Between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears are now estimated to occupy 52,000 square miles in California. The Fish and Game Commission works with available data and science in order to maintain the State's black bear population in a healthy and viable condition for the enjoyment and use of all Californians and to continue providing limited public sport hunting opportunities.
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