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Thursday, October 2, 2014

‘HYBRID’ DEFINITION AMENDED

‘HYBRID’ DEFINITION AMENDED

Final vote aligns state and federal definitions.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that amends the definition of “hybrid” as it relates to migratory birds.

The move changes language in the Pennsylvania Code to align with recent changes to language in federal regulations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently amended its definition of the term “hybrid” to include any crossbred bird with at least one parent defined as a migratory bird. The previous definition required both parents to be defined as migratory birds, and created difficulties due to its inconsistency with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s longstanding interpretation that a “hybrid,” under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, could be defined as having one parent defined as a migratory bird.

The amendment adopted by the commissioners serves to update the Pennsylvania Code, which cites the federal regulations that recently were amended. The amended term applies to Chapter 147 (Special Permits) and Subchapter F (Falconry) of Title 58.

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