The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors recently voted to send aresolution to the State Fish and Game Department in opposition to the department’s plan to allow the first-ever bear hunt in SLO County. Several Supervisors had already submitted letters opposing the hunt. Here’s a suggestion to stop the carnage: The Board should immediately adopt an ordinance to ban such hunts. Under current state law, the Board has that authority, but this is a fast-closing window of opportunity.
Assembly Bill 979 by Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) has passed the State Assembly, and is now in the Senate. According to the Legislative Counsel: “The bill would prohibit a city or county from adopting an ordinance or regulation that affects the taking of fish and game, unless the ordinance or regulation is both necessary for public health and safety, and has only an incidental impact on the field of hunting and fishing preempted by state law.”
The proposed hunt will be on the Fish and Game Commission agenda at their April 7-8 meeting in Monterey. Letters of concern should be sent to the commission at 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, 95814 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. At the very least, SLO residents should insist upon a local hearing on the matter.