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S. 782 (114th): Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 782

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 18, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Flake) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Management plan

The term management plan means the management plan published under section 3(a).

(2)

Park

The term Park means the Grand Canyon National Park.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(4)

Skilled public volunteer

The term skilled public volunteer means an individual who possesses—

(A)

a valid hunting license issued by the State of Arizona; and

(B)

such other qualifications as the Secretary may require, after consultation with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

3.

Bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park

(a)

Publication of plan

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall publish a management plan to reduce, through humane lethal culling by skilled public volunteers and by other nonlethal means, the population of bison in the Park that the Secretary determines are detrimental to the use of the Park.

(b)

Removal of Animal

Notwithstanding section 4 of the Act of March 2, 1929 (16 U.S.C. 198c), or any other provision of law, a skilled public volunteer may remove a full bison harvested from the Park.

(c)

Coordination

The Secretary shall coordinate with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the development and implementation of the management plan.

(d)

NEPA Compliance

In developing the management plan, the Secretary shall comply with all applicable Federal environmental laws (including regulations), including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

(e)

Limitation

Nothing in this Act applies to the taking of wildlife in the Park for any purpose other than the implementation of the management plan.