UPDATE: Wis. Democrats Question Woodchuck Season Bill

UPDATED Wednesday, April 24, 2013 --- 11:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats on the state Assembly's natural resources committee are questioning the need for a bill that would create a woodchuck hunting season.

Rep. Andre Jacque, a DePere Republican, has introduced a measure that would remove woodchucks from Wisconsin's protected species list and establish a season that would run nearly year-round.

The natural resources committee held a public hearing on the bill Wednesday. Rep. Tom Hebl, a Sun Prairie Democrat, said he's never heard of anyone eating woodchucks or selling their pelts. He asked Jacque if he thought hunting an animal just to kill it is immoral.

Jacque told the committee people should be allowed to defend their property from burrowing woodchucks. Rep. Chris Danou, a Trempealeau Democrat, pointed out landowners already can kill nuisance woodchucks without a license.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday April 24, 2013 -- 5:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly's natural resources committee is set to listen to the public's thoughts on a woodchuck hunting season.

Republicans and Democrats have introduced a bill that would remove woodchucks from Wisconsin's protected species list and establish a season that would run from March 1 through Dec. 31. Hunters and trappers would be allowed to take an unlimited number of woodchucks.

The hearing is set for Wednesday morning in the state Capitol. The committee isn't expected to vote on the bill.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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