- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Some state lawmakers are again gunning for Delaware’s official state wildlife animal.

The House on Tuesday passed legislation allowing hunting of the gray fox, and the possession, purchase and sale of legally taken fox hides.

Lawmakers approved the bill 31-to-8 after rejecting amendments from Newark Democrat John Kowalko that would have gutted those two provisions.

Under the legislation, which now goes to the Senate, private landowners could permit hunting on their property if they have a state-approved wildlife management plan that recommends fewer foxes.

Poultry owners also could kill foxes that are attacking their livestock.

A similar bill passed the House last year but died after being amended by the Senate to prohibit a hunting season for the gray fox, which was designated as Delaware’s official wildlife animal in 2010.

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