An Act To Require Written Permission for Recreational Access to Cropland, Pastureland and Orchards
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10658 is enacted to read:
§ 10658. Recreational use of cropland, pastureland and orchards; written permission required
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §10902, sub-§9, ¶F, as amended by PL 2005, c. 626, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §12253, sub-§1, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9 and amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §215 and affected by §422, is further amended to read:
A person who violates this subsection commits a Class E crime.
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §12256, 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 disturb or take a trap or a wild animal from a trap, other than that person's own trap, without the consent of the owner of the trap, except that a landowner or occupant of land that the landowner or occupant is legally entitled to possess may remove any trap found on the land if permission has not been granted under section 10658 or section 12253, subsection 1 or 2 or the person has not obtained a written permit from the landowner to trap on that landowner's land with cage-type live traps within 1/2 mile of a built-up portion of a city or village.
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §13157-A, sub-§1-A, as amended by PL 2007, c. 509, §1, is further amended to read:
This bill provides that a person engaging in a recreational activity regulated under the inland fisheries and wildlife laws may not conduct that activity on privately owned cropland or pastureland or in a privately owned orchard without the written permission of the landowner or lessee.