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47-1809. Feral swine; prohibited acts related to such swine; penalties; appeals; destruction of such swine; duties of animal health commissioner. (a) As used in this section, "feral swine" means any untamed or undomesticated hog, boar or pig; swine whose reversion from the domesticated state to the wild state is apparent; or an otherwise freely roaming swine having no visible tags, markings or characteristics indicating that such swine is from a domestic herd, and reasonable inquiry within the area does not identify an owner. Feral swine includes members of the species sus scrofa lineas, including, but not limited to, swine commonly known as old world swine, Russian wild boar, European wild boar, Eurasian wild boar and razorbacks. Feral swine does not include members of the species sus domestica which are involved in domestic hog production.

(b) No person shall import, transport or possess live feral swine in this state.

(c) No person shall intentionally or knowingly release any hog, boar, pig or swine to live in a wild or feral state upon public or private land.

(d) No person shall engage in, sponsor, or assist in the operation of a contained hunting preserve of swine, whether such swine are feral or otherwise, within this state. For the purposes of this subsection, any tract of land on which a fence or other apparatus is used to prevent the free roaming of swine which are to be hunted and not used solely for domestic swine production shall be deemed to be a contained hunting preserve.

(e) No person shall engage in, sponsor, instigate, assist or profit from the release, killing, wounding or attempted killing or wounding of feral swine for the purpose of sport, pleasure, amusement or production of a trophy.

(f) Violation of subsection (b), (c) or (d) may result in a civil penalty in the amount of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 for each such violation. In the case of a continuing violation, every day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation.

(g) Violation of subsection (e) may result in a civil penalty of not less than $250 nor more than $2,500 for each such violation.

(h) Any duly authorized agent of the animal health commissioner, upon a finding that any person, or agent or employee thereof, has violated any of the provisions stated above, may impose a civil penalty upon such person as provided in this section.

(i) No civil penalty shall be imposed pursuant to this section except upon the written order of the duly authorized agent of the animal health commissioner to the person who committed the violation. Such order shall state the violation, the penalty to be imposed and the right of the person to request a hearing in the matter. Any such person, within 20 days after notification, may make written request to the commissioner for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act.

(j) Any person aggrieved by an order of the commissioner made under this section may appeal such order to the district court in the manner provided by the Kansas judicial review act.

(k) Any civil penalty recovered pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be remitted to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the state general fund.

(l) The animal health commissioner of the Kansas department of agriculture, or the authorized representative of the animal health commissioner, may destroy or require the destruction of any feral swine upon discovery of such swine.

(m) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prevent owners or legal occupants of land, the employees of such owners or legal occupants or persons designated by such owners or legal occupants from killing any feral swine when found on their premises or when destroying property. Such designees shall have a permit issued by the animal health commissioner in their possession at the time of the killing of the feral swine.

(n) The animal health commissioner may adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.

History: L. 1995, ch. 244, § 1; L. 2000, ch. 121, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 174; L. 2006, ch. 114, § 1; L. 2010, ch. 17, § 91; L. 2012, ch. 125, § 39; Jan. 1, 2013.

Section was amended twice in the 2012 session, see also 47-1809a.

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