An Act To Protect Owners of Private Property against Trespass
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §11227, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 70, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11228 is enacted to read:
§ 11228. Hunting with dogs
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11301, sub-§1, ¶D, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §12001, sub-§4 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 17-A MRSA §402, sub-§4, ¶B, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 529, §2, is amended to read:
(1) Each line must be a minimum of 2 inches high and at least as long as the width of the object, but need not be more than 8 inches long if the line is silver or aluminum in color.
(2) Lines must be painted on the side of the tree, post or other object that is visible to a person approaching the restricted property and must be painted within an area 3 feet to 6 feet above ground level if the lines are silver or aluminum in color.
(3) The paint must be silver or aluminum colored or purple as described in this paragraph.
(4) Conspicuous purple paint marks may be placed on trees, posts or stones on the restricted property as long as the marks are vertical lines at least one inch in width and at least 8 inches in length placed so that the bottoms of the marks are not less than 3 feet from the ground or more than 5 feet from the ground at locations that are readily visible to any person approaching the property and no more than 100 feet apart.
This bill requires that a hunter get written permission when baiting, night hunting coyotes and hunting bears, coyotes or bobcats with dogs. It also provides another way to conspicuously mark land where permission is required for access.