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Bill Detail: SB22-031

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Title Prohibit Hunting Bobcat Lynx And Mountain Lion
Status Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (02/03/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Duran (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/12/2022
Summary

Current law allows, when authorized by the parks and wildlife
commission (commission), a person to hunt and take a bobcat or
mountain lion. The bill generally prohibits shooting, wounding, killing,
or trapping a bobcat, Canada lynx, or mountain lion. The bill allows for
the shooting, wounding, killing, or trapping or the attempted shooting,

wounding, killing, or trapping if it is:
  • Immediately necessary to protect an individual from bodily
harm;
  • By a peace officer or licensed veterinarian acting in the
course and scope of their duties;
  • By a federal, state, or local department of health to protect
human health or safety;
  • Authorized by a scientific collecting license;
  • Authorized by a wildlife sanctuary license;
  • Authorized by a commercial wildlife park license, unless
the license authorizes the licensee to shoot, wound, kill, or
engage in trapping bobcats, Canada lynx, or mountain
lions;
  • By a zoological park accredited by the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums or is authorized by a zoological park
license;
  • Expressly authorized by federal law;
  • By the division of parks and wildlife (division) for the
protection of a threatened species or an endangered species;
or
  • By the division for the purpose of relocating the animal and
is done using nonlethal methods and devices.
A person that shoots, wounds, or kills a bobcat, Canada lynx, or
mountain lion to prevent bodily harm to an individual must notify the
division within 24 hours after the incident and may not, without
authorization from the division, remove from the site, retain, or transfer
all or a portion of the bobcat, Canada lynx, or mountain lion.
The bill also establishes an exception for a livestock owner if the
shooting, wounding, killing, or trapping of a bobcat or mountain lion
occurs on land owned or leased by the livestock owner and is immediately
necessary to protect livestock and to protect further loss of livestock if
certain conditions are met. A person that shoots, wounds, kills, or traps
a bobcat or mountain lion to protect livestock:
  • Must report the wounding, trapping, or killing to the
division within 5 days after the incident;
  • May not, without authorization from the division, remove
from the site, retain, or transfer all or a portion of the
bobcat or mountain lion; and
  • May not hold the animal in captivity unless for purposes of
rehabilitation.
A person that violates the bill is guilty of a misdemeanor,
punishable by a fine of $500 to $2,000 or up to one year in jail, an
assessment of 20 hunting license suspension points, and civil restitution
of $700 for a mountain lion or bobcat and $1,000 for a Canada lynx.
Additionally, upon conviction, the commission may suspend the person's
hunting license for up to 5 years.
The penalty for doing any of the following without legal authority
is a class 5 felony:
  • Selling or purchasing a mountain lion;
  • Offering for sale or purchase a mountain lion; or
  • Soliciting another person to illegally hunt or take a
mountain lion for monetary gain.

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