An Act To Require a Game Warden's Certificate To Kill Wild Animals Causing Damage to Crops or Orchards and Notification to Nearby Residents
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §12402, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §12402, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2007, c. 198, §2, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §12402, sub-§6 is enacted to read:
This bill requires the cultivator, owner, mortgagee or keeper of any orchard or growing crop to obtain a certificate from a game warden in order to take or kill wild animals or wild turkeys causing substantial damage to the orchard or crop. The game warden must investigate the circumstances of the application for a certificate and may issue the certificate if the game warden is satisfied that a wild animal or wild turkey is causing substantial damage to an orchard or crop. The certificate must describe the animals that may be taken or killed and the area where the animals may be taken or killed. The certificate holder must notify residents within 1,000 feet of the boundary of the area where the animals may be taken or killed that the certificate holder is authorized to take or kill those animals in that area.