Senate passes bill to prevent harassment of hunters, anglers

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would outlaw the use of unmanned aircraft to intentionally disturb hunters, anglers and boaters.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Richard Kasunic, said that while there have been no reported cases in Pennsylvania, drones have been used in Massachusetts to collect footage and disturb hunters.

Wildlife and waterways conservation officers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife officers, law enforcement and military personnel would be exempt from the provisions of the legislation.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Kasunic said Illinois, Idaho, and Wisconsin have all enacted similar legislation.

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