Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 1. General Administration

Prohibition By Governor On Importation Of Animals From Localities Where Disease Exists -- Penalty

81-2-112. Prohibition by governor on importation of animals from localities where disease exists -- penalty. (1) Whenever the governor has good reason to believe that any disease dangerous or inimical to the livestock or poultry industry or dangerous to dogs or other animals has become epidemic in certain localities in any other state or territory, the District of Columbia, or any other country, the governor shall issue a proclamation designating the localities and prohibiting the importation from those localities into this state, except under restrictions that the governor may consider proper, of any livestock, poultry, dogs, or other animals or articles or commodities likely to convey the disease or diseases.

(2) A person who, after the publication of the proclamation, knowingly receives any livestock, dog, fowl, or other animal or article or commodity designated in the proclamation as likely to convey disease from any of the prohibited districts and transports or conveys the animal, article, or commodity within the limits of this state is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 60 days or more than 8 months or a fine of not less than $300 or more than $5,000, or both, and is further liable for any and all damages and loss that may be sustained by any person or persons by reason of the disobedience of the proclamation.

History: (1)En. Sec. 1, Ch. 31, L. 1925; re-en. Sec. 3295.1, R.C.M. 1935; Sec. 46-245, R.C.M. 1947; (2)En. Sec. 2, Ch. 31, L. 1925; re-en. Sec. 3295.2, R.C.M. 1935; Sec. 46-246, R.C.M. 1947; R.C.M. 1947, 46-245, 46-246; amd. Sec. 2628, Ch. 56, L. 2009.