Maine Revised Statutes

§12707. Unlawful activity in wildlife sanctuary; general prohibitions and exceptions

Except to the extent permitted by the commissioner under section 12701, activities listed in this section are prohibited in a wildlife sanctuary. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]

1. Unlawful activity in wildlife sanctuary. 
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (RP) .]
1-A. Unlawful activity in wildlife sanctuary.  Except as provided in subsection 2, the following activities are prohibited.
A. A person may not trap or hunt any wild animal or wild bird at any time within a wildlife sanctuary as designated in section 12706.
(1) A person who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
(2) A person who violates this paragraph 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person may not possess any wild animal or wild bird taken in violation of paragraph A.
(1) A person who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
(2) A person who violates this paragraph 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
2. Exceptions.  The following exceptions apply to the prohibitions in subsection 1-A.
A. Subsection 1-A does not apply to crows and skunks in the Willow Water Game Sanctuary. [2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person residing within the limits of the York Game Sanctuary in the County of Franklin may kill any wild bird, except grouse, or any wild animal, except beaver, when found destroying that person's property. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
C. A person residing within the limits of Prout's Neck, Richmond's Island and Cape Elizabeth Sanctuary may kill any wild bird, except ruffed grouse or Hungarian partridge, or any wild animal, when found destroying that person's property. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
D. A person may trap any wild animal except moose and deer within Fairfield Sanctuary, Narragansett Game Sanctuary and Prout's Neck, Richmond's Island and Cape Elizabeth Sanctuary in accordance with the general laws of the State. [2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
E. [2013, c. 138, §2 (RP).]
F. The Augusta Water District may use Carleton Pond in the Readfield and Winthrop Sanctuary as it determines necessary. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
G. Within the Readfield and Winthrop Sanctuary, subsection 1-A applies only to fenced lands. [2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
H. The use of firearms on Megunticook Lake and Vicinity Sanctuary is prohibited only from the first day of April of each year to the 30th day of September following. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
[ 2013, c. 138, §2 (AMD) .]
3. Using motorboat within Merrymeeting Bay Game Sanctuary.  A person may not use a motorboat within Merrymeeting Bay Game Sanctuary, except that motorboats may be used between the Woolwich shore on the east and a line on the west designated by a series of red markers adjacent to the edge of the grassy marsh area from Kelly's Point to the southern boundary of the Merrymeeting Bay Game Sanctuary.
A. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
4. Carrying loaded firearm on bounds of Limington, Hollis and Waterboro Sanctuary.  A person may not carry a loaded firearm on any of the roads bounding the Limington, Hollis and Waterboro Sanctuary.
A. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
5. Carrying loaded firearm on bounds of Standish Sanctuary.  A person may not carry a loaded firearm on any road or on the Maine Central Railroad right-of-way that bounds the Standish Game Sanctuary.
A. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
6. Fishing in Carleton Pond.  A person may not fish in Carleton Pond in the Readfield and Winthrop Sanctuary.
A. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
B. A person who violates this subsection 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, §294 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §294 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §B294 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2013, c. 138, §2 (AMD).