SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Hunters in California can no longer use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.
Another bill Brown announced signing Wednesday changes the composition of the Fish and Game Commission in the wake of a controversy over the former commission president's killing of a mountain lion in Idaho.
A third bill lets the department contract with nonprofit conservation groups to manage state-owned lands.
SB1221 by Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, which takes effect Jan. 1, allows the use of dogs to track nuisance animals, for research or if a wild animal enters a dog owner's property. But the general hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds will no longer be allowed.
The Associated Press