Chapter 207. General Provisions as to Fish and Game. Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife.
207:14 Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife.
207:14-a , 207:14-b Repealed.
207:15 Releasing Fish and Wildlife.
I. No person shall import, possess, sell, exhibit, or release any live marine species or wildlife, or the eggs or progeny thereof, without first obtaining a permit from the executive director except as permitted under title XVIII. The executive director shall have the authority to determine the time period and any other conditions governing the issuance of such permit. The executive director may refuse to issue a permit if he determines that such issuance may pose significant disease, genetic, ecological, environmental, health, safety, or welfare risks to persons, marine species or wildlife.
II. The executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, to administer this section and relative to the importation, possession, exhibition, sale or release of all marine species and wildlife, including, but not limited to:
(a) Size, sex, number and quantity.
(b) Transportation, within or through the state of New Hampshire.
(c) Sale, inspection, processing, recordkeeping and marking.
(d) Method of keeping.
(e) Areas of release.
(f) Method of release.
(g) Method of taking.
(h) Permit fee schedules.
(i) Appropriate definitions.
III. The executive director may establish a list of marine species or wildlife or the eggs or progeny of such marine species or wildlife which may be exempted from any or all of the provisions of RSA 207:14.
IV. Except where otherwise provided, any person who violates this section or any rule adopted under this section shall be guilty of a violation and guilty of an additional violation for each marine species or wildlife possessed contrary to the provisions of this section.
Source. 1935, 124:1. RL 241:13. RSA 207:14. 1963, 164:1. 1969, 71:1. 1973, 304:1. 1979, 90:1. 1986, 214:2. 1990, 122:2. 1992, 171:3, eff. June 7, 1992. 2003, 112:4, eff. Aug. 5, 2003.
Amendments--2003. Substituted “Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife” for “Importing and Releasing” in the catchline.
--1992. Amended section generally.
--1990. Substituted “RSA 207:14-a, RSA 207:14-b, and RSA 209-A:3, IV” for “RSA 207:14-a and 14-b” in the first sentence.
--1986. Inserted “or” preceding “the fry or the eggs” and substituted “of such fish” for “thereof” thereafter, “its eggs, and” for “the eggs thereof” following “bird or” and “to do so” for “so to do” following “executive director” in the first sentence, “$10” for “$5” at the end of the second sentence, and “may” for “shall have the right to” preceding “refuse” in the third sentence.
--1979. Deleted “for sale or release therein” preceding “from any other” in the first sentence and inserted “executive” preceding “director” in the first and third sentences.
--1973. Substituted “RSA 207:14-a and 14-b” for “section 14-a” preceding “no living fish” and “the fry or the eggs” for “or the fry” thereafter in the first sentence.
--1969. Amended section generally.
--1963. Substituted “for sale” for “or sell” preceding “or release” in the first sentence and added the second sentence.
[Repealed 1992, 171:12, II, eff. June 7, 1992.]
Former RSA 207:15, which was derived from 1949, 8:1; RSA 207:15; and 1975, 114:1, related to prohibition against release of wildlife without a permit.
All fish or the fry thereof, living wild birds or the eggs thereof or wild animals imported or released in this state contrary to the provisions of this subdivision shall be seized and forfeited as provided in RSA 207:17.
Source. 1961, 11:1, eff. April 28, 1961.
(See also Chapter 466-A. Wolf Hybrids ).