1. Any species of wildlife, including alternative livestock, that:
(a) Is released from confinement without the prior written authorization of the Department; or
(b) Escapes from the possessor's control,
may be captured, seized or destroyed by the Department if the Department determines that such actions are necessary to protect wildlife and the habitat of wildlife in this State.
2. The owner or possessor of such wildlife:
(a) Shall report its escape immediately after receiving knowledge of the escape; and
(b) Is liable for the costs incurred by the Department to capture, maintain and dispose of the wildlife and for any damage caused by the wildlife.
3. The Department is not liable for any damage to wildlife, or caused by wildlife, in carrying out the provisions of this section.
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