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Hochul signs bills to protect wildlife and marine animals

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Governor Kathy Hochul signed several bills to protect New York’s wildlife and marine animals. These laws give the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) more control over managing various species, including sharks, scallops, lobsters, striped bass, and monkfish.

One law requires using non-stainless steel hooks to catch sharks, reducing their harm. Other laws extend the DEC’s authority to regulate the hunting of deer and bears, and manage migratory game birds. Hochul emphasized the importance of these protections, saying they are vital for preserving the state’s natural resources and industries.

State lawmakers praised the move, highlighting the benefits for both the environment and the economy. They believe these measures will help sustain New York’s diverse wildlife and ensure future generations can enjoy these natural treasures.



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