An Act Regarding the Tracking of Wounded Animals with a Leashed Dog
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §11109, sub-§3, ¶N, as amended by PL 2005, c. 12, Pt. III, §4, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11111, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §117 and affected by §422, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 11111. Tracking wounded animals with a leashed dog
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11214, sub-§1, ¶¶K to M, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and affected by c. 614, §9, are amended to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §11225, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 168, §6, is repealed.
Sec. 5. 12 MRSA §12862 is enacted to read:
§ 12862. Retrieval of wounded or killed bear, deer or moose after hours
Notwithstanding sections 11205, 11206 and 11111, the commissioner may authorize a person licensed to guide hunters under section 12853 whose client during a guided hunt wounds or kills a bear, deer or moose to track and dispatch that animal outside of legal hunting hours. A licensed guide authorized to track a wounded animal pursuant to this section may use one leashed dog for tracking purposes. The commissioner may place conditions and restrictions on tracking activities conducted pursuant to this section to ensure its proper administration and the humane treatment of a wounded animal.