Summary: H.R.6617 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.6617. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (04/26/1977)

Wildlife on Federal Lands Trapping Act - Requires the Secretary of the Interior to issue such regulations, relating to trapping, as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.

Prohibits the Secretary from approving any type of trap unless such trap utilizes the most humane capture method available for the species concerned, and minimizes the probability of capturing species for which such trap was not intended.

Directs the Secretary to undertake a research program to develop such types of traps.

Establishes an advisory commission to make recommendations to the Secretary with respect to traps designed or intended for use.

Prohibits the Secretary from permitting trapping on Federal lands where such trapping may reduce any species below specified levels.

Sets forth a procedure for the application and issuance of trapping permits.

Requires the attachment of a shipping certificate to any package containing the fur, hide, skin, horn, or feathers of any mammal or bird captured by any trap within any State or the District of Columbia if such package is transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Establishes criminal penalties for: (1) engaging in trapping without a permit issued pursuant to this Act; (2) violating any condition of such permit; (3) violating any regulation of the Secretary relating to trapping; (4) selling or transporting in interstate commerce an unapproved trap; or (5) falsifying the shipping certificate.

Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with States with respect to the imposition of trapping regulations consistent with those prescribed under this Act.

Authorizes such appropriations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.