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West's Annotated Code of Maryland. Natural Resources. Title 10. Wildlife. Subtitle 4. Hunting Restrictions--in General. 10-408.1. Trapping restrictions

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Citation: MD NAT RES 10-408.1

Citation: MD Code, Natural Resources, 10-408.1


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2014

Summary:   This Maryland law restricts some forms of trapping. Specifically, it provides that a person, while trapping or attempting to trap animals, may not place, set, maintain, or operate any snares, body-gripping, or leghold traps within 150 yards of a permanent human residence. However, the restriction does not apply to body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of less than 6 inches that are placed, maintained, and operated completely submerged in water or snare-type traps used to catch rats or mice.


Statute in Full:


Location of traps

(a) A person, while trapping or attempting to trap animals, may not place, set, maintain, or operate any snares, body-gripping, or leghold traps within 150 yards of a permanent human residence.

Scope of section

(b) This section does not apply to:

(1) State and federal wetlands;

(2) Private wetlands as designated by the Department;

(3) Land which qualifies for agricultural assessments, as provided under § 8-209 of the Tax-Property Article, and timberland and lands used for reforestation;

(4) Except in Howard and Harford counties, owners and lessees of any privately owned land; and

(5) Owners and lessees of any privately owned land in Howard and Harford counties as long as a trap described in subsection (a) of this section is not within 150 yards of the permanent residence of another person.

Body-gripping traps

(c) This section does not apply to the use of body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of less than 6 inches that are placed, maintained, and operated completely submerged in water.

Snap-type traps

(d) This section does not apply to the use of snap-type traps used to catch rats and mice.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Acts 1978, c. 613. Amended by Acts 1980, c. 656; Acts 1980, c. 712, § 2; Acts 1985, c. 480, § 1; Acts 1990, c. 6, § 2.

 



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