§4709. Importation, stocking wild animals; possession of wild boar

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/113/04709
Published: 2015

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4709. Importation, stocking wild animals; possession of wild boar

(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. (Added 1961, No. 119, § 1, eff. May 9,

1961; amended 1967, No. 46; 1973, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 1983, No. 158

(Adj. Sess.), eff. April 13, 1984; 1991, No. 230 (Adj. Sess.), § 25; 1997, No.

99 (Adj. Sess.), § 13; 1997, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 45, eff. Jan. 1, 1999;

2003, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 2013, No. 78, § 15, eff. June 7, 2013.)