|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Klein of East Montpelier (by request)
Subject: Fish and wildlife; game; black bear doing damage
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to amend the black bear doing damage statute to allow a property owner to hire an agent to take a black bear doing damage. The bill would also allow the property owner to sell or give away the carcass of a black bear.
AN ACT RELATING TO BEAR DAMAGING PROPERTY
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 4827 is amended to read:
§ 4827. BLACK BEAR DOING DAMAGE
person, an authorized member of the person's family, or the person's authorized
regular on-premise employee agent may take , on land owned or
occupied by the person, a bear which he or she can prove was doing damage
to the following:
(1) livestock, a pet, or another domestic animal;
(2) bees or bee hives;
(3) a vehicle, building, shed, or any dwelling; or
(4) a crop or crop-bearing plant other than grass.
person authorized to take a bear under subsection (a) of this section may
designate one individual who holds a resident Vermont hunting license as an
agent to take a bear doing damage on his or her behalf. The person may not
offer or accept any form of payment to or from the agent under this subsection
except as allowed in subsection (e) of this section. [Repealed.]
person who wounds or kills a bear pursuant to this section shall immediately
report the wounding or killing to a game warden.
Within 12 hours of the
wounding or killing, the person who performed the act shall submit a written,
signed report relating the date, time, place, and reason for the wounding or
killing to a game warden.
(d) A person who kills a bear under this section shall immediately properly dress the carcass and care for the meat.
game warden shall immediately investigate the case and if satisfied that the
bear was taken as provided in this section, the warden shall give the person
who owns or occupies the land a certificate of his or her finding in the
matter. The certificate shall entitle the person who owns or occupies the land
to the ownership of the carcass.
However, the person may not sell or give
away the carcass except to offer all or a portion of it to an agent designated
under subsection (b) of this section as compensation for killing the bear. Any
carcass not desired for home consumption in the household of the certificate
holder or designated agent shall be turned over to a game warden.
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