This Vermont law reflects the state's hunter harassment provision. The law states that a person shall not intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of fish or wild animals by another nor intentionally harass, drive or disturb fish or any wild animal for the purpose of disrupting lawful taking. It also separately provides that a person shall not take, injure, destroy or wilfully interfere with a lawfully set trap.
(a) A person shall not intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of fish or wild animals by:
(1) tampering with traps, nets, bait, firearms, or any other thing used for hunting, trapping, or fishing;
(2) placing himself or herself in a position, for the purpose of interfering, that hinders or prevents hunting, trapping, or fishing; or
(3) engaging in an activity, for the purpose of interfering, that drives, harasses, disturbs, or is likely to disturb wildlife or fish.
(b) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit an incidental interference arising from lawful activity by landowners or users of land, including farmers and recreationists.
1961, No. 119, § 1; 1981, No. 85, § 10; 1981, Adj. Sess., No. 127; 2015, Adj. Sess., No. 145, § 12, eff. July 1, 2016.