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Code of Alabama. Title 9. Conservation and Natural Resources. Chapter 11. Fish, Game, and Wildlife. Article 19. Hunting of Native Game Animals and Certain Nonindigenous Animals.

Statute Details
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Citation: AL ST 9-11-500 to 505

Citation: Ala. Code 1975 9-11-500 to 505


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 10/2013

Summary:   This Alabama statute makes it unlawful to hunt or kill any species of nonindigenous animals including any species of African or Asian lion, tiger, or elephant for a fee or for recreation. This section does not apply to feral swine, nuisance animals, or to any nonindigenous animal lawfully brought into this state prior to May 1, 2006.


Statute in Full:

§ 9-11-500. Definitions.

§ 9-11-501. Hunting of native game animals under certain conditions prohibited.

§ 9-11-502. Hunting of tame game animals prohibited.

§ 9-11-503. Hunting of nonindigenous animals prohibited.

§ 9-11-504. Hunting of pen-raised birds.

§ 9-11-505. Penalties.

 

 

§ 9-11-500. Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the following words have the following meanings:

(1) Game animal. A species of animal designated by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources pursuant to Section 9-2-7, as a game or fur-bearing animal, any game or fur-bearing animal that exists historically and naturally in the wild within this state, or any game animal of the species of the family Cervidae (deer) that exists within this state in the wild as a result of the natural expansion of its range prior to May 1, 2006, which are white-tailed deer, fallow deer, and elk.

(2) Nonindigenous animal. A species of animal, other than birds, that does not exist historically and naturally in the wild within the state or does not exist within the state as a result of the natural expansion of its range.

(3) Tame game animal. An animal that has been held captive as a zoological attraction or exhibit, or any animal, at the time of hunting, not exhibiting the flight characteristics or wariness for the species.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 1.)

 

§ 9-11-501. Hunting of native game animals under certain conditions prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or kill, attempt to hunt or kill, or offer the opportunity to hunt or kill native game animals or any other animal legally permissible to hunt for a fee or other valuable consideration or for recreation under conditions in which the animal hunted does not have a reasonable opportunity to evade the hunter, including, but not limited to, hunting animals that are tied, staked, hobbled, or caged; animals that have been released from confinement less than 10 days; or animals that are taken by aid of any remote controlled or computer aided device. Hunting of native game animals or any other animal legally permissible to hunt within the confines of an enclosure does not in and of itself constitute a violation provided adequate space and escape cover for the species exist to provide the animals with a reasonable opportunity to evade the hunter.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 2.)

 

§ 9-11-502. Hunting of tame game animals prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or kill, attempt to hunt or kill, or offer the opportunity to hunt or kill any tame game animal for a fee or other valuable consideration or recreation. The promise or guarantee of, or contract for, killing an individual tame game animal, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this article.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 3.)

 


§ 9-11-503. Hunting of nonindigenous animals prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or kill, attempt to hunt or kill, or offer the opportunity to hunt or kill any species of animal nonindigenous to the state including, but not limited to, any species of African or Asian lion, tiger, or elephant for a fee or other valuable consideration or for recreation.

(b) This section does not apply to feral swine or to any species of animal deemed a nuisance by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources, nor to any nonindigenous animal lawfully brought into this state prior to May 1, 2006, or their offspring; provided the owner of the nonindigenous animal provides written notice to the commissioner of the ownership and location of the species.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 4.)

 


§ 9-11-504. Hunting of pen-raised birds.

Nothing in this article shall prohibit the hunting of pen-raised birds by properly licensed hunters or by properly licensed persons engaged in the training of bird dogs, or by persons engaged in bird dog field trials as provided by law or rules promulgated by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 5.)

 


§ 9-11-505. Penalties.

Any person, firm, corporation, or association that violates Sections 9-11-500 to 9-11-504, inclusive, of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), and may be imprisoned in the county jail for a period of not more than 30 days for each offense. A second and subsequent offense shall be punishable by a fine of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000), and by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 10 nor more than 30 days.

CREDIT(S)

(Act 2006-109, p. 159, § 6.)

 



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