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WILDLIFE PROTECTION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Establishes Habitat Conservation Fund. Transfers $30 million to Fund annually from existing environmental funds and General Fund. Monies from Fund appropriated to Wildlife Conservation Board; Coastal, Tahoe, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancies; state and local parks programs. Funds to be used principally for acquisition of deer and mountain lion habitat; rare and endangered species habitat. Remaining funding for wetlands; riparian and aquatic habitat; open space; other environmental purposes. Prohibits taking of mountain lions unless for protection of life, livestock or other property. Permit for taking required, but prohibits use of poison, leg-hold or metal-jawed traps and snares. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: For 1990-91, the measure will result in expenditures of approximately $15 million from the Unallocated Account in Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund. This amount will likely decrease in subsequent years. The measure's General Fund costs for 1990-91 will be approximately $15 million. This sum is likely to increase in subsequent years. Extent of increase dependent on how much revenue is transferred to the Habitat Conservation Fund from various designated funds other than General Fund. Annual administrative costs estimated at up to $1.35 million. Operation and management of habitat properties after acquisition will possibly cost $1 million or more annually.


Gerald H. Meral, 2240 Markham Way, Sacramento, California 95818; Sharon Negri, 401 San Miguel Way, Sacramento, California 95819; Assemblyman Lloyd G. Connelly, 4525 "T" Street, Sacramento, California 95819; J. William Yeates, 639 Lobos, Monterey, California 93940; The Planning And Conservation League, 909 12Th Street, #203, Sacramento, California 95814 (916) 444-8726



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