(a) A person who violates a provision of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and,
upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $2,000 for
each animal with respect to which there is a violation.
(b) A person who knowingly and intentionally or recklessly releases a dangerous wild
animal or unlawfully possesses a dangerous wild animal that does not cause injury
to an individual is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be confined
in jail for not more than one year or fined not less than $500 nor more than $2,500,
or both confined and fined.
(c) A person who knowingly and intentionally or recklessly releases a dangerous wild
animal or unlawfully possesses a dangerous wild animal that injures an individual
is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, may be imprisoned in a state correctional
institution for not less than one year nor more than three years, or fined not less
than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, or both confined and fined.
(d) Civil penalty. -- A person convicted of an offense under this article is liable for all costs,
including personnel costs, expended by the county or state agencies involved with
the capture, confinement, transfer or euthanasia of a dangerous wild animal.
(e) The civil liability imposed by this section is in addition to any other legal
remedies for damages to person or property caused by a dangerous wild animal.
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