Arizona Revised Statutes Title 17. Game and Fish § 17-320. Jaguar; protection; violations; classification; civil liability; exceptions
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A. Notwithstanding § 17-239 or any other provision of this title, if the secretary of the interior publishes in the federal register a determination for the removal of jaguar (felis onca) from the list as required under section 4(c) of the endangered species act of 1973, as amended, ( P.L. 93-205 ; 87 Stat. 884; 16 United States Code sections 1531 through 1544 ):
1. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly kill, wound or possess a jaguar or any part thereof.
2. A person who unlawfully kills, wounds or possesses a jaguar or any part thereof:
(a) Is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.
(b) Is liable for civil damages of not more than seventy-two thousand five hundred dollars for each violation.
B. Subsection A of this section does not apply to:
1. A jaguar or parts of a jaguar that were lawfully possessed under state and federal law before August 21, 1997.
2. Any person who kills or wounds a jaguar, if it can be shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the person committed an act based on a good faith belief that the person was acting to protect himself, a member of the person's family or any other individual from bodily harm from the jaguar.
C. A person shall notify the department within five days after killing or wounding a jaguar under subsection B, paragraph 2 of this section. A jaguar that is killed or wounded pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 2 of this section shall not be retained, sold or removed from the site without authorization from the department.
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