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DEC proposes regulations to prevent spread of invasive species

New rules would govern boat launches, prohibit boar hunting

An invasive species disposal station at the state boat launch for Skaneateles Lake located off of Route 41A. Proposed new regulations would require all boaters to follow the instructions at these stations.

An invasive species disposal station at the state boat launch for Skaneateles Lake located off of Route 41A. Proposed new regulations would require all boaters to follow the instructions at these stations.

Recommended boat and equipment drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at 100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp. Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

A ban on wild boar hunting

The DEC has also proposed new regulations that would prohibit residents from hunting free-ranging hunting wild boar.

Currently no law or regulation exists to govern or prohibit boar hunting. The proposed regulation would not prohibit hunting of the boars on a private hunting reserve that is completely enclosed. The regulation also makes it illegal to tamper with or disrupt any state efforts to trap or kill the boars.

Eurasian boar, also called feral swine, are an aggressive breed of boars native to Russia that are a menace to local farm fields, livestock and humans. Though already established in the southern United States, the DEC and United States Department of Agriculture have been working to eradicate isolated groups of the animals in New York. In 2012, a group of boars was trapped and removed from the Spafford area by a group from the state. The DEC has not received any reports of sightings in Onondaga County since that time, though the animals are elusive and can cover great distances.

DEC seeks public comment

The DEC will accept public comments on the boat launch proposal through Feb. 24 and on the wild boars through Jan. 24. The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12233-4753. Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

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