OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 109

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN STATE REFUGES FOR WILDLIFE.

SUMMARY

This bill designates portions of the Quinnipiac and Mill rivers in New Haven as state wildlife refuges. In doing so, it prohibits hunting, trapping, fishing, or trespassing in these areas. A violator is subject to a fine of up to $100 (CGS 26-107).

Specifically, the bill establishes as a state wildlife refuge the portion of the (1) Quinnipiac River in New Haven extending from the I-95 bridge to the I-91 bridge and (2) Mill River in New Haven extending from the I-95 bridge to the I-91 bridge.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

State Wildlife Refuge

By law and regulation, hunting, trapping, fishing, and trespassing are prohibited in any state wildlife refuge (CGS 26-107 and Conn. Agencies Regs. 26-66-1(h)). Additionally, the law prohibits hunting, killing, pursuing, or trapping wildlife in a lane, road, or highway adjacent to a state wildlife refuge. Being in a state wildlife refuge or closed area with a firearm, bow and arrow, trap, snare, net, or dog is prima facie evidence of a violation.

By law, the energy and environmental protection commissioner, or his designee, may hunt, kill, or trap fox, skunk, raccoon, wildcat, mink, weasel, hawk, owl, or other predatory bird or animal in a state wildlife refuge or closed area (CGS 26-107).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

14

(03/22/2018)