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Posted by ECO on January 07, 2003 at 13:00:28:
(NOTE...This was also posted on the field collecting forum)
As some of you know, myself and others here in TN are trying to get the ball rolling for a legal change in the status of herps. Currently TN's herps are all considered non-game protected species with no season or bag limits (exceptions are frogs & snapping turtles with the proper license...i.e., you can kill em' but not keep em'.) Since there are MANY herpers from MANY areas who frequent this forum, I'd like a little information (and opinions) from you. Please feel free to post a response or email me with your answers, and thanks in advance for taking the time! As to what I'd like your answers on.......
1- What state are you in?
2- Are herps (of any kind) legally allowed to be captured from the wild in your state?
3- Is there a fee or license required to take herps in your state?
4- Do you know (if there is a fee or license required) if the money collected from said fee goes into a general fund, or is it specifically applied to herp managment/welfare?
5- What negative effects have you noticed (if any) in states where field collection is legal?
6- What positive effects have resulted from legal field collection?
7- Are there bag limits for species, and if so, can you give me an idea or example for your state?
8- Have the laws changed recently (last 5-10 years) in your state, or states where you collect in? If so, have the laws gotten more restrictive, or more relaxed? Can you give me an example?
9- If there are laws regarding herps/collecting in your state, in your honest opinion......Do you meet many people BESIDES OTHER HERPERS, who know these laws exist?
10- Are you aware of any pending changes to the herp laws in your state? If so, can you give a "readers digest" version?
11- Are venomous species goverened by different or specific laws in your states?......Rear-fanged?.......Venomoid?
12- FINALLY, If you lived in a state where collecting for any reason was currently illegal, and could stand up in front of the entire Wildlife Division, WHAT ARGUEMENTS WOULD YOU MAKE TO INFLUENCE A CHANGE IN THE LAWS?
Thanks to all, your help is greatly appreciated! ECO