Subdivision 1. Statute of limitations.
A prosecution under the game and fish laws may not
be brought more than three years after commission of the offense.
Subd. 2. Burden of proof.
(a) In a prosecution that alleges animals have been taken, bought,
sold, transported, or possessed in violation of the game and fish laws, the burden of establishing
that the animals were domesticated, reared in a private preserve, raised in a private fish hatchery or
aquatic farm, taken for scientific purposes, lawfully taken, or received as a gift, is on the defendant.
(b) The commissioner may by rule prescribe the documentation or other evidence sufficient
to demonstrate lawful possession of:
(1) a wild animal received as a gift; and
(2) a wild animal taken on an Indian reservation or in another state, province, or country.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1987 c 149 art 1 s 54
Subd. 4. Each violation a separate offense.
Each wild animal unlawfully taken, bought,
sold, transported, or possessed is a separate offense. If acquitted, a person may not be prosecuted
for a similar offense involving another animal in the same incident.
Subd. 5. Joint and several liability.
When two or more people intentionally aid, advise,
counsel, conspire with, or act in concert with each other to unlawfully take, transport, or possess
wild animals when the restitution value of the wild animals exceeds $500, each person is jointly
and severally liable for the wild animals for purposes of:
(1) license seizure and revocation under sections
(2) equipment and property seizure under section
(3) boat, motor, and trailer seizure under section
(4) restitution under section
History: 1986 c 386 art 1 s 44; 1987 c 149 art 1 s 20; 1993 c 231 s 16; 2002 c 270 s 3