Maine Revised Statutes

§11303. Hunting bear near dumps

1. Dump demarcation.  The commissioner, or the commissioner's agent, shall establish a line of demarcation at least 500 yards from sites permitted or licensed for the disposal of solid waste.
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §159 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
2. Prohibition.  A person may not within the area described in subsection 1:
A. Hunt bear; [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. Trap bear; [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
C. Molest or harass a bear; or [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
D. Release dogs for the purpose of hunting a bear. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
The commissioner, or the commissioner's agent, is exempt from this prohibition for the purpose of live-trapping nuisance bears.
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (RPR) .]
3. Penalties.  The following penalties apply to violations of this section.
A. A person who violates subsection 2 commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates subsection 2 after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime. [2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §160 (RPR) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §§B159,160 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF).