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SF 2359

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/21/2019 03:24pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; modifying requirements for certain traps; requiring
certain permission for traps and snares; requiring reporting; requiring license
forfeiture for certain violations; providing criminal penalties; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2018, sections 97A.421, subdivision 1; 97B.903; 97B.931, subdivision
2, by adding a subdivision; 97B.951; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 97B.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97A.421, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General.

(a) The annual license of a person convicted of a violation of
the game and fish laws relating to the license or wild animals covered by the license is void
when:

(1) a second conviction occurs within three years under a license to trap fur-bearing
animals, take small game, or to take fish by angling or spearing;

(2) a third conviction occurs within one year under a minnow dealer's license;

(3) a second conviction occurs within three years for violations of section 97A.425 that
do not involve falsifications or intentional omissions of information required to be recorded,
or attempts to conceal unlawful acts within the records;

(4) two or more misdemeanor convictions occur within a three-year period under a
private fish hatchery license;

(5) the conviction occurs under a license not described in clause (1), (2), or (4) or is for
a violation of section 97A.425 not described in clause (3); deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(6) the conviction is related to assisting a person in the illegal taking, transportation, or
possession of wild animals, when acting as a hunting or angling guidedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (7) the conviction is for violation of one of the following trapping-related sections:
97B.903, paragraph (a); 97B.930, paragraph (a); 97B.931, subdivision 3; or 97B.951,
paragraph (b).
new text end

(b) Except for big-game licenses and as otherwise provided in this section, for one year
after the conviction the person may not obtain the kind of license or take wild animals under
a lifetime license, issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474, relating to the game and fish
law violation.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97B.903, is amended to read:


97B.903 USE OF BODY-GRIPPING TRAPS.

new text begin (a) new text endA person may not set, place, or operate, except as a deleted text beginwatersetdeleted text endnew text begin completely submerged
water set or as provided in paragraph (b)
new text end, a body-gripping deleted text beginor conibear-typedeleted text end trap deleted text beginon public
lands and waters
deleted text end that has a maximum jaw opening when set greater than deleted text begin6-1/2deleted text endnew text begin 4-1/2new text end inches
deleted text begin and less than 7-1/2 inchesdeleted text end measured from the inside edges of the body-gripping portions of
the jawsdeleted text begin, unlessdeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

new text begin (b) Body-gripping traps greater than 4-1/2 inches and less than 7-1/2 inches may be used
in the following manner on land
new text end:

(1) the trap is in a baited or unbaited enclosure deleted text beginand the trap trigger is recessed sevendeleted text end
deleted text begin inches or more from the top and frontmost portion of the open enddeleted text endnew text begin securely fastened to a
tree or post in an upright position with a single opening on top that is 50 square inches or
less, the top of the enclosure is at least four feet above the ground or snowpack, and the trap
trigger is recessed into the enclosure 12 inches or more from the top
new text end of the enclosure;new text begin or
new text end

deleted text begin (2) no bait, lure, or other attractant is placed within 20 feet of the trap; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end the trap is elevated at least deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin fivenew text end feet above the surface of the ground or
snowpack.new text begin The tree or pole upon which the trap is fastened must be at least 45 degrees.
new text end

new text begin (c) In addition to other penalties provided under section 97A.421, a person convicted
of violating this section may not obtain a license to trap for two years after the date of a
first conviction and may not obtain a license to trap for five years after the date of each
subsequent conviction.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [97B.904] ENCAPSULATED FOOT TRAPS.
new text end

new text begin A person may set, place, or operate an encapsulated foot trap only when:
new text end

new text begin (1) the triggering mechanism can be activated only by a pulling force;
new text end

new text begin (2) no animal or fish products are used as bait;
new text end

new text begin (3) a removable plug is inserted in the trap a minimum distance of 1-1/2 inches when
set; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the plug caps do not exceed the outside diameter of the trap tube by more than one-half
inch.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [97B.930] REPORTING WHEN DOG OR COLLARED ANIMALS TAKEN;
ANNUAL REPORT.
new text end

new text begin (a) A person who finds or is notified that a dog or collared animal has been taken in the
person's trap or snare must notify a conservation officer or employee of the Department of
Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division within 24 hours after the animal is discovered
by the person or the taking is reported to the person. A person who violates this paragraph
is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to section 97A.421.
new text end

new text begin (b) By March 1 each year, the commissioner must report to the legislature, as provided
in section 3.195, on takings reported under paragraph (a) for the previous calendar year.
new text end

new text begin (c) In addition to other penalties provided under this section and section 97A.421, a
person who kills a dog or collared animal in a body-gripping trap or snare may not obtain
a license to trap for five years after the date of conviction.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97B.931, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Body-gripping traps.

new text beginExcept as provided under subdivision 3, new text enda body-grippingdeleted text begin,
conibear-type
deleted text end trap need not be tended more frequently than once every third calendar day.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97B.931, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Trap-tending interval; nondrowning sets. new text end

new text begin Any trap capable of capturing a
wild animal and not capable of drowning the animal must be tended at least once each
calendar day, and any animal captured must be removed from the trap. In addition to other
penalties provided under section 97A.421, a person who violates this subdivision may not
obtain a license to trap for two years after the date of a first conviction and may not obtain
a license to trap for five years after the date of each subsequent conviction.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97B.951, is amended to read:


97B.951 USE OF SNARES deleted text beginTO TAKE UNPROTECTED MAMMALSdeleted text end.

new text begin (a) new text endA snare set for an unprotected mammal may not be left in place after March 31 except
as authorized by the commissioner for the predator-control program under section 97B.671.

new text begin (b) A person must not place, set, or operate a snare in violation of the following
requirements:
new text end

new text begin (1) for nonrelaxing, spring-powered, or spring-assisted snares, the snare must be
completely submerged in water; and
new text end

new text begin (2) for nonlethal cable restraints on land, the snare must:
new text end

new text begin (i) not have an entanglement larger than one-half inch diameter within reach of the cable
restraint;
new text end

new text begin (ii) not have a cable length exceeding seven feet; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) include a relaxing reverse-bend washer lock with a minimum outside diameter of
1-1/4 inches.
new text end

new text begin (c) In addition to other penalties provided under section 97A.421, a person who violates
paragraph (b) may not obtain a license to trap for two years after the date of a first conviction
and may not obtain a license to trap for five years after the date of each subsequent
conviction.
new text end

new text begin (d) For purposes of this section, "entanglement" means a tree, stump, or other object,
including fences, around which an animal in a cable restraint could tangle the cable and
choke itself.
new text end