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AB-1549 Wildlife: deer: Santa Catalina Island: report.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 456.5 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

 (a) The department, in consultation with other relevant state agencies, local governments, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, landowners, and scientific entities, shall develop a report to inform and coordinate management decisions regarding deer on Santa Catalina Island. This report shall be submitted to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, by January 1, 2022, and shall include all of the following:
(1) Estimates of the historic, current, and future deer population on Santa Catalina Island.
(2) An assessment of the overall health of the deer population on Santa Catalina Island.
(3) An assessment of the impacts of the deer population on native and nonnative plant and animal species on Santa Catalina Island.
(4) A wildlife management plan recommended by the department that will help ensure maintenance of the deer population on Santa Catalina Island at an appropriate level that takes into account the unique challenges presented by the island’s geography.
(5) Any local government, state policy, or legislative changes necessary to implement the recommended wildlife management plan.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.