Maine LD 887: An Act To Prohibit Hunting Bear Using Dogs and Trapping Bear

LD 887 (subjects: GAME , BEAR )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=887&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Denise Harlow of Portland: (D – District 36) — e-mail

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 House Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Davis of Piscataquis, REFERRED to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in concurrence.
5/29/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Prohibit Hunting Bear Using Dogs and Trapping Bear

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 10260, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 168, 1 and affected by 8, is amended to read:

10260. Black Bear Research Fund

The Black Bear Research Fund, referred to in this section as “the fund,” is established within the department as a nonlapsing fund to be used by the commissioner to fund or assist in funding studies related to the management of black bears. Revenue from the nonresident late season bear hunting permit under section 11151-A and the bear trapping permit under 12260-A must be deposited in the fund. The commissioner may accept and deposit into the fund monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources for the purposes specified in this section. The fund must be held separate and apart from all other money, funds and accounts.

Sec. 2. 12 MRSA 10902, sub- 6, E, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 691, Pt. A, 7, is amended to read:

E. Buying or selling bear , or hunting or trapping bear after having killed 2 or exceeding the bag limit on bear, in violation of section 11217 , or 11351 or 12260;

Sec. 3. 12 MRSA 11109, sub- 3, N, as amended by PL 2005, c. 12, Pt. III, 4, is further amended to read:

N. A license to use leashed dogs to track wounded animals, which permits a person to use one or more leashed dogs to track a lawfully wounded deer , or moose or bear, is $27.

Sec. 4. 12 MRSA 11111, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, 117 and affected by 422, is amended to read:

11111. Tracking wounded animals with leashed dogs; fee for services

A person who holds a valid license issued under section 11109, subsection 3, paragraph N to use leashed dogs to track wounded bear, deer or moose may charge a fee for dog tracking services. Notwithstanding section 10001, subsection 28, a person is not a guide if the only services that person charges a fee for are dog tracking services pursuant to this section.

Sec. 5. 12 MRSA 11151, sub- 1, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, 9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, 118 and affected by 422, is further amended to read:

1. Permit required. Except as otherwise authorized pursuant to this Part, a person may not hunt for bear without a valid permit from the first Monday preceding September 1st to the day preceding the open firearm season on deer. This section does not apply to trapping for bear.

Each day a person violates this subsection that person commits a Class E crime for which a minimum fine of $50 and an amount equal to twice the applicable license fee must be imposed.

Sec. 6. 12 MRSA 11217, sub- 2, A, as repealed and replaced by PL 2013, c. 333, 4, is amended to read:

A. A person who has lawfully killed or trapped and registered a bear may sell, without a hide dealer’s license, only the hide, head, teeth, claws not attached to the paws and gall bladder of that animal.

Sec. 7. 12 MRSA 11302, as amended by PL 2013, c. 280, 7, is repealed.

Sec. 8. 12 MRSA 11302-A is enacted to read:

11302-A. Hunting bear with dogs prohibited

1. Prohibition. A person may not hunt bear with the use of dogs unless permitted by the commissioner for the purpose of hunting nuisance bears.
2. Penalty. A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.

Sec. 9. 12 MRSA 11304, first , as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, 2 and affected by c. 614, 9, is amended to read:

A person may not, without the permission of the person conducting the hunt, kill or wound a bear that is treed or held at bay by another person’s dog or dogs.

Sec. 10. 12 MRSA 11351, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 309, 2, is further amended to read:

1. Hunting bear; 2-bear limit. A person may not hunt or trap bear after that person has killed or registered one during an open season under section 11251 and one during the open season on trapping bear under section 12260.

Sec. 11. 12 MRSA 12051, sub- 1, C, as repealed and replaced by PL 2013, c. 588, Pt. A, 16, is repealed.

Sec. 12. 12 MRSA 12204, sub- 7, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 51, 1, is repealed.

Sec. 13. 12 MRSA 12260, as amended by PL 2011, c. 253, 26 and c. 309, 5 and 6, is repealed.

Sec. 14. 12 MRSA 12260-A, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 168, 7 and affected by 8, is repealed.

Sec. 15. 12 MRSA 12260-B is enacted to read:

12260-B. Unlawful trapping of bear

A person may not kill or catch a bear in a trap and cause or allow another person to kill or register that bear. A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.

Summary

This bill prohibits the use of dogs while hunting bear and it prohibits trapping bear, unless necessary for the trapping of nuisance bears as permitted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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