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Pennsylvania bill would allow night vision hunting of predatory animals

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow hunters in Pennsylvania to use night vision devices under certain circumstances.

Representative Parke Wentling, whose 17th District includes Mercer County, has sponsored a bill designed to curb predatory animals such as coyotes by giving the state Game Commission the authority to allow hunters to use thermal and night vision equipment.

The House Game and Fisheries Committee approved House Bill 1188 which would amend the Game and Wildlife Code by removing the current statutory restriction on the use of a sight or scope that can transmit or project a light, infrared, ultraviolet, radio, thermal, ultrasonic, particle or any other beam outside of a sight or the scope onto a target.

The Game Commission would regulate the use of thermal and night vision equipment.

"This bill would give hunters one more tool to deal with predatory animals, such as coyotes," Wentling said. "With no natural predators, coyotes can wreak havoc on our wildlife populations and other domestic animals for food sources."

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

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