HB1343 (2018) Detail

Relative to the protection of beavers.










AN ACT relative to the protection of beavers.


SPONSORS: Rep. Matthews, Rock. 3; Rep. Francese, Rock. 18


COMMITTEE: Fish and Game and Marine Resources






This bill adds provisions for the protection of beavers and beaver dams and requires the executive director of the fish and game department to include advice on beaver control on its public website.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen


AN ACT relative to the protection of beavers.


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


1  Protection of Beaver.  Amend RSA 210:9 to read as follows:

210:9  Protection of Beaver.

I.  No person shall destroy or disturb or interfere in any manner with the dams or houses of beaver, except as provided in paragraph II, without first obtaining a special permit from the executive director.

II.  Notwithstanding paragraph I, or any other provision of law or rule of the executive director or the department of environmental services, a landowner, the landowner's agent, or any town [or], municipal, or state official or employee, or their agent, may destroy beaver, remove beaver dams, or install beaver pipes or beaver fences on property under their control to protect property, public highways, or bridges from actual or potential damage or submersion.  Dam removal and the installation of beaver pipes or fences shall be allowed without a permit under RSA 482-A if machinery does not enter the water and filling or dredging in or adjacent to surface water, wetlands, or their banks does not occur.  Removal shall be done in a gradual manner that does not allow a sudden release of impounded water so as to cause erosion, siltation, or a safety hazard downstream.

II-a.  For purposes of paragraph II, the term "beaver pipes'' means no more than 3 temporary structures with the widest dimension no larger than 15 inches that is placed in a beaver dam to allow water passage to maintain a specific water surface elevation, and the term "beaver fences'' means posts and fencing installed at culverts in such a manner as to either encourage or discourage beaver damming against the fence.

III.  The executive director [may] shall require the reporting of beaver taken and beaver dams removed pursuant to [paragraph] paragraphs I and II by rules made in accordance with RSA 541-A.  The report shall include a summary of actual or potential damage or submersion protection measures taken and a list of non-lethal options considered for each project.

IV.  Skins or unskinned carcasses taken under this section shall be sealed pursuant to RSA 210:8 before such skins or unskinned carcasses are sold or given away.

V.  The executive director or his or her agents shall provide advice relative to beaver control techniques, including beaver pipes and beaver fences, when requested, and shall post such advice on the fish and game department's public Internet website.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


HB1343 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 30, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2018 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1343 Revision: 2128 Date: Nov. 6, 2017, 12:14 p.m.


Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Fish and Game and Marine Resources HJ 1 P. 7
Jan. 30, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/30/2018 02:00 PM LOB 307
Feb. 6, 2018 Executive Session: 02/06/2018 LOB 307
Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study (Vote 14-0; CC)
Feb. 22, 2018 Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 02/22/2018 (Vote 14-0; CC) HC 7 P. 9
Feb. 22, 2018 Refer for Interim Study: MA VV 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 12