(01/10/2006)
The Department of Natural Resources is asking the Legislature to allow controlled deer hunting, alcohol and pets in some state parks.

Hunting has rarely been allowed in state parks.

DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy says the agency tried it a few years ago at Blennerhasset State Park near Parkersburg and it was successful.

The hunt was held for two years.

The DNR wants its director and the Natural Resources Commission to devise a "controlled hunting plan."

DNR is asking the Legislature to approve these measures:

- Impose higher penalties for wounding or killing another hunter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

- Expand a prohibition on baiting bear and turkey to include a ban on baiting any animal

- Allow pets in some lodges and cabins and wildlife management areas

- Allow alcoholic beverages by groups at state-owned facilities

- Eliminate the need for a separate license to hunt boar

- Remove the requirement for a separate migratory waterfowl conservation stamp

- Allow fishermen to add fishing jugs or floats


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