An Act To Ensure Safe and Humane Bear Hunting Practices
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §11228, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 432, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11251, sub-§1, ¶B, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11302, as amended by PL 2013, c. 280, §7, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §11302-A is enacted to read:
§ 11302-A. Hunting bear with dogs
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §11303, sub-§2, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9; repealed and replaced by c. 655, Pt. B, §160; and affected by §422, is amended to read:
The commissioner, or the commissioner's agent, is exempt from this prohibition for the purpose of live-trapping nuisance bears.
Sec. 6. 12 MRSA §11304, as affected by PL 2003, c. 614, §9; amended by c. 655, Pt. B, §161; and affected by §422, is repealed.
This bill prohibits a person from hunting bear with the use of dogs. The bill also makes a violation of that prohibition a Class D crime and a Class C crime for a 3rd or subsequent offense. It provides an exemption for the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to hunt bear with the use of dogs for public safety or research purposes.