Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 1. Nongame and Endangered Species

Limited Taking Of Certain Nongame Wildlife For Commercial Purposes -- Exceptions

87-5-116. Limited taking of certain nongame wildlife for commercial purposes -- exceptions. (1) The following nongame wildlife may not be taken for commercial purposes, except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), without prior authorization of the department, subject to regulations adopted by the department:

(a) northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus);

(b) pika (Ochotona princeps);

(c) pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis);

(d) amphibians native to the state of Montana; and

(e) reptiles native to the state of Montana.

(2) The department may regulate the taking of nongame wildlife for commercial purposes. Regulations may establish limitations related to the taking, possession, transportation, exportation, processing, sale or offer for sale, and shipment of nongame wildlife that are considered necessary to manage nongame wildlife.

(3) The harvest of the prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) for commercial purposes may not be regulated under this section.

(4) This section does not prohibit:

(a) outfitting for the shooting of nongame wildlife;

(b) payment by a landowner to an individual for shooting or removing nongame wildlife; or

(c) the use of byproducts of nongame wildlife in fishing flies, jewelry, or other handicrafts.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 301, L. 2001.