Maine Revised Statutes

§12255. Tending traps

1. Failure to visit traps.  A person shall:
A. While trapping in an organized or incorporated place:
(1) Check each trap, except killer-type traps or drowning sets, at least once in every calendar day; and
(2) Check each killer-type trap or drowning set at least once in every 3 calendar days, except that a drowning set placed within 1/2 mile of a city, town or village center must be checked at least once in every calendar day; and [2015, c. 301, §32 (AMD).]
B. While trapping in an unorganized place:
(1) Check each trap, except killer-type traps and drowning sets, at least once in every calendar day; and
(2) Check each killer-type trap or drowning set at least once in every 5 calendar days. [2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §217 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF).]
This subsection does not apply to under-ice drowning sets for beaver and muskrat. For the purposes of this subsection, "check" means to visit or cause to be visited.
A person who violates this subsection commits a Class E crime.
[ 2015, c. 301, §32 (AMD) .]
2. Failure to remove animal from trap.  A person shall remove or cause to be removed from that person's trap an animal found caught in that trap.
A person who violates this subsection commits a Class E crime.
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §217 (AMD); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
3. Carrying a firearm while trapping.  Notwithstanding section 11205, subsection 1, paragraph A and section 11206, subsection 1, paragraph A, a person who holds a valid trapping license may carry a firearm at any time during the open trapping season for the sole purpose of dispatching trapped animals unless that person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under Title 15, section 393, subsection 1 and has not obtained a valid permit in accordance with Title 15, section 393, subsection 2.
[ RR 2011, c. 1, §18 (COR) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §B217 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2009, c. 340, §15 (AMD). RR 2011, c. 1, §18 (COR). 2015, c. 301, §32 (AMD).