This Vermont law provides that a person may not bring into the state or possess any live wild bird or animal of any kind, unless the person obtains from the commissioner a permit to do so. Applicants shall pay a permit fee of $100.00.
(a) A person shall not bring into the State or possess any live wild bird or animal of any kind, unless, upon application in writing therefor, the person obtains from the Commissioner a permit to do so. The importation permit may be granted under such regulations therefor as the Board shall prescribe and only after the Commissioner has made such investigation and inspection of the birds or animals as she or he may deem necessary. The Department may dispose of unlawfully imported wildlife as it may judge best, and the State may collect treble damages from the violator of this subsection for all expenses incurred.
(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Commissioner or duly authorized agents of the Department of Fish and Wildlife from bringing into the State for the purpose of planting, introducing, or stocking, or from planting, introducing, or stocking in the State, any wild bird or animal.
(c) Applicants shall pay a permit fee of $100.00.
(d)(1) The Commissioner shall not issue a permit under this section for the importation or possession of the following live species, a hybrid or genetic variant of the following species, offspring of the following species, or offspring or a hybrid of a genetically engineered variant of the following species: wild boar, wild hog, wild swine, feral pig, feral hog, feral swine, old world swine, razorback, Eurasian wild boar, or Russian wild boar (Sus scrofo Linnaeus).
(2) This subsection shall not apply to the domestic pig (Sus domesticus) involved in domestic hog production and shall not restrict or limit the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to regulate the importation or possession of the domestic pig as livestock or as a domestic animal under Title 6 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated.
1961, No. 119, § 1; 1967, No. 46; 1973, Adj. Sess., No. 178, § 4; 1983, Adj. Sess., No. 158; 1991, Adj. Sess., No. 230, § 25; 1997, Adj. Sess., No. 99, § 13; 1997, Adj. Sess., No. 155, § 45; 2003, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 16; 2013, No. 78, § 15, eff. June 7, 2013.