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Have a trail camera? Arizona Game & Fish might be changing a rule. But, they want your input first.

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PHOENIX (KVOA) – Arizona Game & Fish Commission changes rules and regulations often; this one is in regards to trail cameras. But, they're asking for your input prior to making the change.

Right now in Arizona, you are allowed to have trail cameras both with the purpose of taking wildlife and for general photography, research or cattle operations.

In the future, they might be changing that first one mentioned. The commission is proposing to amend their rule to where you cannot have a trail camera solely for the purpose of taking wildlife. And, if you don't agree or if you very much do agree, they're asking for you to speak up and comment.

"We read all of those comments. The department also evaluates each comment to look at what the perspective of that particular person is and consider it in any recommendations on that they ultimately make to the commission," said Arizona Game & Fish Commission Chairman Kurt Davis.

The commission oversees over 828 species of animals statewide and say that 97% of hunters follow their rules and regulations. Therefore, they think any rule they put in place will have a big impact.

The commission will be taking comments up until Feb. 1. If you are interested in voicing your opinion, you can send an email to rulemaking@azgfd.gov or via mail at the address below:

Arizona Game and Fish Department Attn: Celeste Cook, Rules and Policy Manager, 5000 W. Carefree Hwy., Phoenix, AZ 85086.

"We don't understand the biological impact of people coming and going to check cameras. And, what does that do to animals schedules," Davis added. "There's all kind of pieces to this. But, when you put the pieces together, you question if the technology is beginning to no longer serve of valuable purpose."

The final rule will be presented to commission on March 19, 2021. To track the progress of this rule, click here.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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