Maine landowners who don’t want hunters and their canine accessing posted property are the supposed beneficiaries of a brand new regulation scheduled to enter impact on Aug. 8.
The Civil Trespass with Looking Canine regulation places the duty on looking canine trainers and handlers to verify the animals don’t entry posted property. Some hunters in Maine make use of canine to pursue bears, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons and foxes in the course of the common seasons for that sport.
The regulation doesn’t apply to anybody who makes use of a canine to hunt snowshoe hare, waterfowl, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wild turkey and different species of waterfowl or migratory birds.
The regulation emerged from discussions in a stakeholder group that included each hunters and landowners. Maine property house owners expressed issues about looking canine going onto personal, posted property and disrupting folks, livestock, pets and wildlife.
The brand new regulation aligns with the prevailing Maine regulation that prohibits looking on posted property. Looking, with or with out canine, is allowed on any land that isn’t posted.
These aged 16 and older who want to hunt bear, coyote, fox, bobcat and raccoon, or who need to prepare canine to hunt bears, foxes and raccoons, will now be required to have a canine coaching and looking allow.
The allow, which doesn’t mandate any coaching for the canine handlers, prices $12 (plus agent price). Proceeds from these gross sales will profit the Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Landowner Relations Fund.
An individual who’s coaching or looking with a canine underneath the supervision of and within the presence of a registered Maine looking information who has a legitimate Canine Coaching and Looking Allow is exempt from possessing the allow.
Though most looking canine typically are already fitted with monitoring collars, the brand new regulation mandates that any canine engaged in looking bear, coyote, fox, bobcat or raccoon or coaching to hunt bear, fox and raccoon should put on a functioning monitoring collar that enables the handler to trace the canine’s location always.
The collar should embody the title, telephone quantity and deal with of the canine proprietor.
A canine proprietor, coach or handler is in violation of civil trespass with a looking canine when turning a looking canine free on posted property or permitting a looking canine to entry property the place the landowner has communicated to the canine handler that they don’t want looking canine on their property.
A violation additionally would happen if somebody’s looking canine enters property upon which a looking canine has been beforehand discovered and a regulation enforcement officer has warned any handler of that canine throughout the earlier one year that looking canine will not be permitted on the property in query.
A handler whose canine enters posted property, and leads the landowner to file a grievance towards that particular person with regulation enforcement, would obtain a warning for the primary such violation.
The penalty for anybody convicted or adjudicated of civil trespass with a looking canine is ineligible to acquire a canine coaching and looking allow for no less than one 12 months.
Some landowners, together with those that submit their property and don’t permit looking, supported a canine looking regulation to assist defend their proper to privateness and to scale back the potential for conflicts.
The regulation was supported by teams such because the Maine Woodland House owners and the Maine Skilled Guides Affiliation.