Wyoming Statutes Title 23. Game and Fish § 23-3-405. Interference with lawful taking of wildlife prohibited;  penalties;  damages;  injunction

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(a) No person shall with the intent to prevent or hinder the lawful taking of any wildlife:

(i) Interfere with the lawful taking of or the process of lawfully taking any wildlife;

(ii) Engage in any activity intended to threaten or otherwise affect the behavior of any wildlife.

(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section constitutes a low misdemeanor as punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(v) .

(c) Any person failing to obey an order of any peace officer to immediately desist from conduct in violation of subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a high misdemeanor punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(ii) .

(d) Any organization or association which counsels or solicits its members or others to violate subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00).  Each subsequent violation of this subsection shall be punishable by a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).

(e) In addition to penalties imposed under this section, any person who has suffered injury by reason of the conduct of any person violating this section is entitled to recover damages in a civil action.  Actual damages recoverable may include, but are not limited to expenditures for licenses, travel, outfitters and guides and special equipment and supplies to the extent the expenditures are rendered futile by the person's conduct in violation of this section.  If the trier of fact finds that the unlawful conduct was malicious, it may award punitive damage to the injured party.

(f) Upon petition to the district court by any affected party and upon a showing that conduct in violation of this section is threatened or has occurred and under similar circumstances would likely reoccur, the court may enjoin conduct which would be in violation of this section.

(g) This section shall:

(i) Not apply to any land lessee, permittee or any employee thereof engaged in the performance of work-related activities;

(ii) Not apply to any landowner or his agent engaged in any activity on his own private property.

(h) As used in subsection (a) of this section, “process of lawfully taking” means travel, camping and other acts preparatory to taking wildlife if occurring on lands or water upon which the affected person may legally take the wildlife.

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