Full Statute Name:  Massachusetts General Laws Annotated. Part I. Administration of the Government (Ch. 1-182). Title XIX. Agriculture and Conservation (Ch. 128-132B). Chapter 131. Inland Fisheries and Game and Other Natural Resources. § 75A. Birds of prey

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Primary Citation:  MA ST 131 § 75A Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2015 Alternate Citation:  M.G.L.A. 131 § 75A Date Adopted:  1972

Massachusetts specifically protects the eagle as a bird of prey from hunting or possession, unless provided by permit. The law further prohibits the possession, harassment or harming of the eggs and nests of birds of prey. Notably, sale and transportation are not specifically listed under the statute. .

Statute Text: 
A person, unless he holds a special permit or license issued by the director, shall not hunt or have in his possession a bird of prey. No person shall take, molest, disturb, destroy or have in his possession the nest or eggs of any such bird, unless otherwise authorized by the director. For the purposes of this section, the term "bird of prey" shall mean and include any of the following birds: - eagle, osprey, hawk, owl, kite, falcon or vulture.


Added by St.1972, c. 445, § 1. Amended by St.1973, c. 496, § 8.


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