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H.R. 5534 (110th): Bear Protection Act of 2008

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2008 (Introduced).

Source: GPO



2d Session

H. R. 5534


March 5, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to extend its protections to bears illegally harvested for their viscera in the same manner as with respect to prohibited wildlife species, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bear Protection Act of 2008.



The purpose of this Act is to ensure the long-term viability of the world’s 8 bear species by reinforcing State conservation and management of bear populations.


Bear viscera defined

Section 2 of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371) is amended—


by redesignating paragraphs (a) through (k) as paragraphs (b) through (l), respectively; and


by inserting before paragraph (b) (as so redesignated) the following new paragraph:


Bear viscera

The term bear viscera


subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), means the body fluids or internal organs of a species of bear;


except as provided in subparagraph (3), includes the gallbladder of such a species and its contents; and


does not include blood or brains of such a species.



Discouraging the illegal harvest of bears for their viscera

Section 3 of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3372) is amended in subsections (a)(2)(C) and (e)(1) by inserting or bear viscera after prohibited wildlife species each place it appears.


State management authority

None of the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to affect the regulation by any State of its bear populations or to affect the hunting of bears that is lawful under applicable State laws and regulations.