Wildlife & Parks Commission Meeting

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The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing April 22 in Courtland. The public is invited to attend all sessions, which will be held at the City Building, 401 N. Main, Courtland. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

The afternoon session will begin with an overview of department related legislation in the 2004 Kansas Legislature, a summary of the department's fiscal year 2005 budget, and presentation of Parks Division awards. General discussion topics in the afternoon session will also include implementation of a time line for regulatory changes resulting from statutory changes generated in the 2004 Kansas Legislature, an overview of Wildscape projects in the Courtland area, a summary of renovation efforts at Jamestown Wildlife Area, a review of fisheries management and recreation at nearby Lovewell Reservoir, and discussion of the status of the Park Fee Fund.

* federal legislation and state law jurisdiction pertaining to exotic cat ownership;

* wildlife rehabilitation permitting and reporting procedures;

* quail and prairie chicken open seasons and limits;

* rabbit and hare open seasons and limits;

* rabbit, hare, and squirrel legal equipment and take methods;

* 2004 early migratory bird seasons;

* dove season and limits;

* addition of zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and round goby to the state's prohibited species list; and

* addition of Pratt Centennial Pond to designated trout waters, as well as Secretary's Orders for Pratt Centennial Pond and Pratt Kids' Pond.

The afternoon session will conclude at 5 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature regulatory action to establish 2004 hunting seasons, limits, and permits for fall turkey, antelope, elk, and deer.