as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:39am
|Introduction||Posted on 02/04/2009|
A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; modifying provisions for using artificial lights to locate
animals; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 97B.081, subdivision 2.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 97B.081, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) deleted text beginBetween the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.deleted text end
From September 1 to December 31, a person may not cast the rays of a spotlight,
headlight, or other artificial light in a field, woodland, or forest to spot, locate, or take a
wild animal except to take raccoons under section 97B.621, subdivision 3, or to tend traps
under section 97B.931.
(b) Between one-half hour after sunset until sunrise, a person may not cast the rays
of a spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light to spot, locate, or take a wild animal on
fenced, agricultural land containing livestock, as defined in section 17A.03, subdivision 5,
or poultry that is marked with signs prohibiting the shining of lights. The signs must:
(1) display reflectorized letters that are at least two inches in height and state "no
shining" or similar terms; and
(2) be placed at intervals of 1,000 feet or less along the boundary of the area.
(c) It is not a violation of paragraph (a) or (b) for a person to carry out any
agricultural, occupational, or recreational practice, including snowmobiling that is not
related to spotting, locating, or taking a wild animal.
(d) Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., a person may not project a
spotlight or handheld light onto residential property or building sites from a moving motor
vehicle being operated on land, except for the following purposes:
(2) emergency response;
(3) normal vehicle operations; or
(4) performing an occupational duty.