SB407 (2014) Detail

Relative to wolf hybrids.


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AN ACT relative to wolf hybrids.

SPONSORS: Sen. Forrester, Dist 2; Sen. Rausch, Dist 19; Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Sen. Reagan, Dist?17; Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf 8; Rep. Lefebvre, Sull 1

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources


This bill prohibits the acquisition of wolf hybrids beginning January 1, 2015.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen

AN ACT relative to wolf hybrids.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Chapter; Wolf Hybrids. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 212-B the following new chapter:



212-C:1 Wolf Hybrid; Defined.

“Wolf hybrid” means any canine which has had a wolf ancestor within the previous 4 generations. This definition shall include a wolf or wolf hybrid as either a sire or dam, grandsire or dam, great-grandsire or dam or great-great grandsire or dam. An animal shall also be considered a wolf hybrid if it has been represented by its owner or former owner as having wolf ancestry.

212-C:2 Possession.

I. No person shall newly acquire a wolf hybrid, by gift, by sale, by breeding, or by taking from the wild.

II. Any person who owns a wolf hybrid which is licensed as a dog under RSA 466:1 on the effective date of this section shall continue to license the wolf hybrid as a dog under RSA 466:1, shall ensure the wolf hybrid is spayed or neutered, shall make the animal available for inspection by an animal control officer or law enforcement officer, and shall comply with all other requirements of this chapter.

212-C:3 Authority; Rulemaking.

I. The fish and game department shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

II. The executive director of the fish and game department shall adopt rules, under RSA 541-A, relative to standards for the export, regulation, treatment, confinement, and control of wolf hybrids.

212-C:4 Penalty; Administrative Fines.

I. Any person in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

II. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, or any rule or order of the executive director of the fish and game department, shall be subject to the imposition of an administrative fine levied by the department, not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.

2 Repeal. RSA 466-A, relative to wolf hybrids, is repealed.

3 Applicability of Rules. All existing rules adopted by the commissioner of the department of agriculture, markets, and food under RSA 466-A which are in effect upon the effective date of this act shall be transferred to and enforced by the fish and game department and remain effective until such time as the rules expire, are repealed, or are amended by the executive director of fish and game.

4 Effective Date.

I. RSA 212-C:2 as inserted by section 1 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.