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Minnesota Statutes Annotated. Game and Fish (Ch. 97-102). Chapter 97A. Game and Fish. General Provisions.

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Citation: MN ST 97A.037

Citation: M. S. A. 97A.037


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2013

Summary:   This law reflects Minnesota's hunter harassment provision. This law prohibits the intentional interference with the taking of wild animals. The state has an expansive definition of “preparing to take a wild animal," which includes travel, camping, and other acts that occur on land or water where the affected person has the right or privilege to take lawfully a wild animal. A person is also prohibited from disturbing wild animals to prevent or disrupt their lawful taking. Further, a person who has the intent to violate this law may not enter or remain on public lands or private land without permission of the owner. A person must obey the order of a peace officer to stop the harassing conduct that violates this section if the officer observes the conduct. Violation of this subdivision is a misdemeanor.


Statute in Full:


Subdivision 1. Interference with taking wild animals prohibited. A person who has the intent to prevent or disrupt another person from taking or preparing to take a wild animal or enjoyment of the out-of-doors must not disturb or interfere with that person if that person is lawfully taking or preparing to take a wild animal. “Preparing to take a wild animal” includes travel, camping, and other acts that occur on land or water where the affected person has the right or privilege to take lawfully a wild animal.

Subd. 2. Disturbing wild animals prohibited. A person who has the intent to prevent or disrupt a person from lawfully taking the animals may not disturb or engage in an activity that will tend to disturb wild animals.

Subd. 3. Persons intending to harass hunters, trappers, and anglers may not remain on land. A person who has intent to violate subdivision 1 or 2 may not enter or remain on public lands, or on private lands without permission of the owner.

Subd. 4. Peace officer order; penalty. A person must obey the order of a peace officer to stop the harassing conduct that violates this section if the officer observes the conduct. For purposes of this subdivision, “harassing conduct” does not include a landowner's or lessee's action to enforce the Trespass Law. Violation of this subdivision is a misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1989, c. 287, § 1. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 401, § 33, eff. April 22, 1998.


 



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