A meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission Thursday night spilled over into this morning.
The commission, which met at the Lawrence Public Library from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, recovened at 9:30 a.m. today to finish business left unattended because of time constraints.
Marty Burke, information officer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said today that the commission is discussing pending regulations for the summer. Items range from boating regulations to farmer recourse for damage done to crops by nuisance animals.
Burke said the commission was unable to address all of its agenda items because of lengthy public comments at the beginning of the meeting. He did not know how long the commission would meet today.
Public comments were directed toward commission items such as age limits for turkey hunters and regulations regarding the methods of taking wildlife and legal equipment allowed for taking wildlife, Burke said. Discussion also focused on bows and firearms used in hunting antelope, deer and elk.
Another time-consuming agenda item at the meeting was a discussion on the state's deer management, which sets the number of deer permits issued in each of the state's regions determined by the wildlife and parks department.
Commissioners also were to address the commercial harvest of fish, mussels and reptiles, Burke said.
Commission meetings are held each month in different parts of the state so residents can discuss wildlife issues.