(a) Protectors are authorized to enter and make a reasonable inspection at an appropriate
time of day of any premises in which a person subject to administrative control under
G.S. 113-276.2 conducts his operations to determine whether any wildlife on the premises is possessed
in accordance with applicable laws and rules, required records are being kept, and
other legal requirements are being observed. It is an appropriate time of day for inspection if the establishment is open for
business or if a proprietor or employee is on the premises.
(b) In cases not controlled by subsection (a), protectors who believe that wildlife
may be on the premises of any public refrigeration storage plant, meat shop, store,
produce market, hotel, restaurant, or other public food-storage or eating place may
request permission to enter the nonpublic areas of the premises to make a reasonable
inspection to determine whether any wildlife on the premises is possessed in accordance
with applicable laws and rules. If the person in charge of the premises refuses the inspection request of a protector,
he is authorized to procure and execute an administrative search warrant issued under
the terms of Article 4A of Chapter 15 of the General Statutes or under any successor legislation.
(c) In cases controlled by subsection (a), an administrative search warrant may be
secured in the protector's discretion or if case law requires it. Nothing in this section is intended to prevent a lawful search of premises, with
or without a search warrant under Chapter 15A of the General Statutes, when the circumstances
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