Specially Protected Wildlife


Taking specially protected wildlife

1.    Except as authorised by a permit under this Part, a person must not take, buy, sell or have possession of any specially protected wildlife or any product of specially protected wildlife.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    Subregulation (1) does not apply to the having possession of specially protected wildlife, or the products of specially protected wildlife, kept by the holder of a wildlife exhibition licence pursuant to that licence.

 

3.    Also, subregulation (1) does not apply to the taking of specially protected wildlife, or the products of specially protected wildlife, by –

(a)               a person undertaking the clearance of native vegetation or the harvesting of trees in accordance with a certified forest practices plan, or a public authority management agreement, unless the Secretary, by notice in writing, requires the person to obtain a permit; or

(b)               a person undertaking dam works in accordance with a permit issued under Part 8 of the Water Management Act 1999 after 16 July 2007.

 

Exporting wildlife

Except as authorised by a permit under this Part, a person must not remove, or cause or allow to be removed, from the State any partly protected, protected or specially protected wildlife or any product of any such wildlife.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

 

Prohibited methods of hunting wildlife

1.    Except with the written permission of the Secretary or as authorised under this Part, a person must not take any bird that is partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife by any method of hunting other than by shooting it with a firearm.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    Subregulation (1) does not apply to the taking of muttonbirds.

 

3.    Except with the written permission of the Secretary, a person must not, in taking or for the purpose of taking any form of partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife –

(a)               use or have possession of a firearm that has a bore that is greater than the bore commonly known as No. 12; or

(b)               use or have possession of a firearm that is fitted with a silencer; or

(c)               use a firearm during the period commencing one hour after sunset on any day and ending one hour before sunrise on the next day.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

4.    A person must not, in taking or for the purpose of taking any partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife, use or have possession of any spear, explosive, poison, chemical or other weapon or substance, unless the use or possession is –

(a)               authorised under this Part in respect of the form of wildlife taken; or

(b)               permitted by the Secretary.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

 

Prohibition on use of protected wildlife as bait

1.    A person must not use the carcass, or any part of the carcass, of a bird that is a form of partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife for the purpose of bait.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    Except with the written permission of the Secretary, a person must not use the carcass of an animal that is partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife for the purpose of a drag-hunt, dog race or dog training.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

3.    A person must not use any living partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife for the purpose of taking wildlife.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

4.    In this regulation –

dog race means a race involving the pursuit by dogs of a lure which may be the carcass of an animal;

drag-hunt means a hunt in which dogs are encouraged to follow a scent trail made by dragging the carcass of an animal over the ground.

 

Prohibition on discharging firearm in certain circumstances

1.    Except with the written permission of the Secretary, a person must not discharge a firearm for the purpose of taking any partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife if the person is –

(a)               in a conveyance; or

(b)               within 10 metres of a conveyance that the person has left for the purpose of taking wildlife.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    However, subregulation (1) does not apply to a person taking wild duck if the person –

(a)               is in a vessel that is not underway; and

(b)               takes the wild duck in accordance with a licence or permit.

3.    For the purposes of subregulation (2) , a vessel is taken to be underway if it is being propelled directly or indirectly by one or more of the following:

(a)               an engine;

(b)               a sail;

(c)               an oar, paddle or pole.

 

Prohibition on spotlighting

1.    Except with the written permission of the Secretary, a person must not use, or have possession of, any light in taking, or for the purpose of taking, any partly protected wildlife, protected wildlife or specially protected wildlife.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    In this regulation –

light means any lamp or lantern or other device for providing illumination.

 

Restrictions on receiving wildlife for taxidermy

1.    A person must not receive any specially protected wildlife or protected wildlife for the purpose of taxidermy without the written permission of the Secretary.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

2.    If any specially protected wildlife or protected wildlife is delivered to the holder of a commercial taxidermy licence for the purpose of taxidermy, but the person delivering the wildlife does not produce to the holder a permission referred to in subregulation (1) at the time of delivery, the licence holder is to place the wildlife in a freezing chamber and notify a wildlife officer of the delivery.

3.    The Secretary may reimburse the licence holder for any expenditure incurred by the licence holder in complying with subregulation (2).

For more information, please contact

Wildlife Management Branch
200 Collins Street 
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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