Well, it is now official. As of December 1, 2017 the State of New Jersey will become the 47th state to become a member. This is their news release about this transition. It starts like this:
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will have a new tool to use in its ongoing efforts to enforce wildlife laws as the state joins the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
The compact – first developed in western states in the mid-1980s – recognizes the importance of deterrence through the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and privileges in all member states resulting from violations concerning the pursuit, possession or taking of a wide range of wildlife, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, shellfish, and crustaceans. New Jersey’s membership will begin on December 1.
New Jersey will become the 47th member of the Compact. Only the States of Delaware, Massachusetts and Hawaii have yet to join.
With that, I want to reiterate the comments I made when Nebraska joined during the first week of November…
This represents just one more example of why we do not need a federal agency to deal with fish and wildlife management in this country. The purpose of the Fed is theoretically to address those issues that the States are incapable of addressing on their own. It is obvious that the States are quite capable of handling wildlife issues on a cooperative basis.
That’s the view from here…