House Study Bill 157 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to entering private property by persons using
2dogs while fur harvesting or training dogs on fur-bearing
3animals, and providing penalties.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  481A.56B  Using a dog while fur
2harvesting — training a dog — entering private property.
   3A person using a dog while fur harvesting or training a
4dog on a fur-bearing animal shall not allow the dog to enter
5private property without first receiving permission from
6the property owner. Failure to receive permission prior to
7allowing the dog to enter private property constitutes a simple
8misdemeanor. Additionally, a person who violates this section
9shall be subject to civil damages as provided in sections
10481A.130 and 481A.131. A fur-bearing animal taken in violation
11of this section shall be subject to seizure as provided in
12section 481A.12.
13EXPLANATION
14The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
15the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   16This bill relates to entering private property when using
17a dog while fur harvesting or training a dog on a fur-bearing
18animal. Under current law, a person with a valid fur harvester
19license may train certain dogs on any fur-bearing animals
20at any time of the year. A person with a valid hunting or
21fur harvester license may also train a dog on coyotes or
22groundhogs.
   23Under the bill, a person who uses a dog while fur harvesting
24or training a dog on a fur-bearing animal shall not allow the
25dog to enter the property of another without first receiving
26the property owner’s permission. A person who violates the
27provisions of the bill commits a simple misdemeanor. A simple
28misdemeanor is punishable by confinement for no more than 30
29days or a fine of at least $105 but no more than $855 or by
30both. In addition, a person who violates the provisions of
31the bill is subject to existing civil damages in Code chapter
32481A relating to unlawfully taking an animal. A fur-bearing
33animal taken by a person while the person is violating the
34provisions of the bill is subject to seizure by the director of
35the department of natural resources or a peace officer.
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