Public Meetings Set on Proposed Rule Changes

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting a series of public meetings on proposed Game and Fish Commission rule changes relating to miscellaneous licenses and permits, and on a new proposed rule for the taking and handling of wildlife. The new rule would place additional regulations on the use of spotlights when taking wildlife.

Part of the rule package strengthens the rules governing guides. For instance, the rule will be amended to state that the department "shall not issue a license to an individual who has been convicted of any violation for which a license to take wildlife can be revoked or suspended, if the applicant violated the law within five years before applying for the license." The department's objective is to eliminate those individuals who have demonstrated contempt for wildlife laws from becoming guides.

Another rule change would give special consideration to those individuals who voluntarily report their own wildlife violation immediately after committing it.

The following public meetings are scheduled:

* Monday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Game and Fish Department's Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road, Tucson.

* Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Game and Fish Department headquarters, Roadrunner Room, 2222 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix.

* Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Game and Fish Department's Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff.

* Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Game and Fish Department's Pinetop regional office,2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop.

Additional information on the proposed changes is available on the Game and Fish Department Web site. For more information, call (602) 789-3288 ext. 206 or send an e-mail to Rulemaking@azgfd.gov.