(1) The Division of Wildlife Resources may determine the facts relevant to the wildlife
resources of this state.
(2)(a) Upon a determination of these facts, the Wildlife Board shall establish the
policies best designed to accomplish the purposes and fulfill the intent of all laws
pertaining to wildlife and the preservation, protection, conservation, perpetuation,
introduction, and management of wildlife.
(b) In establishing policy, the Wildlife Board shall:
(i) recognize that wildlife and its habitat are an essential part of a healthy, productive
(ii) recognize the impact of wildlife on humans, human economic activities, private
property rights, and local economies;
(iii) seek to balance the habitat requirements of wildlife with the social and economic
activities of man;
(iv) recognize the social and economic values of wildlife, including fishing, hunting,
and other uses; and
(v) seek to maintain wildlife on a sustainable basis.
(c)(i) The Wildlife Board shall consider the recommendations of the regional advisory
councils established in Section 23-14-2.6.
(ii) If a regional advisory council recommends a position or action to the Wildlife
Board, and the Wildlife Board rejects the recommendation, the Wildlife Board shall
provide a written explanation to the advisory council recommending the opposing position.
(3) No authority conferred upon the Wildlife Board by this title shall supersede the
administrative authority of the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources
or the director of the Division of Wildlife Resources.
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