Texas Health and Safety Code

As effective September 1, 2019

Subchapter A

Sec. 825.001: Cooperation Between State and Federal Agencies in Controlling Predatory Animals and Rodents

The state shall cooperate through The Texas A&M University System with the appropriate federal officers and agencies in controlling coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, Russian boars, and other predatory animals and in controlling prairie dogs, pocket gophers, jackrabbits, ground squirrels, rats, and other rodent pests to protect livestock, food and feed supplies, crops, and ranges.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.002: Cooperative Agreement

The director of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service shall execute a cooperative agreement with the appropriate federal officers or agencies to perform the cooperative work in predatory animal and rodent control in the manner and under the regulations stated in the agreement.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.003: Expenditure of Appropriations

The state funds appropriated to administer this subchapter shall be spent in amounts as authorized by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System and disbursed on vouchers or payrolls certified by the director of the extension service.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.004: Appropriations By Local Governments

The commissioners court of a county or the governing body of a municipality may appropriate funds to perform predatory animal and rodent control work described by this subchapter and, in cooperation with federal and state authorities, may employ labor and purchase and provide supplies required to effectively perform that work.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.005: Sale of Furs, Skins, and Specimens

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), all furs, skins, and specimens of value taken by hunters or trappers paid from state funds under this subchapter shall be sold under rules adopted by The Texas A&M University System. The proceeds of the sales shall be deposited to the credit of the fund established for predatory animal and rodent control.

(b) Any specimen taken under this subchapter may be presented free of charge to any state, county, or federal institution for scientific purposes.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.006: Bounties Prohibited

(a) A hunter or trapper acting under this subchapter may not collect a bounty from a county or any other source for an animal taken under this subchapter.

(b) The scalp of each animal taken under this subchapter shall be destroyed and each skin that has commercial value shall be sold.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.007: Construction with Parks and Wildlife Code

Section 71.004(b), Parks and Wildlife Code, does not apply to a hunter or trapper while performing duties under this subchapter.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.008: Tampering with Traps; Criminal Penalty

(a) A person commits an offense if the person maliciously or wilfully tampers with all or any part of a trap set under this subchapter or removes a trap from the position in which it is placed by a hunter or trapper acting under this subchapter.

(b) An offense under this section is punishable by a fine of not less than $50 or more than $200.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.009: Stealing Traps; Criminal Penalty

(a) A person commits an offense if the person steals or fraudulently takes a trap belonging to the state or the United States Department of the Interior.

(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.010: Stealing Animals from Traps; Criminal Penalty

(a) A person commits an offense if the person steals an animal listed in Section 825.001 from a trap set under this subchapter or takes the animal from the trap without authority.

(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200.

(c) An animal stolen or taken in violation of this section is the property of the state. A complaint alleging a violation of this section must allege that the animal is owned by the state, and the only proof necessary to establish ownership shall consist of proving that the animal was taken from a trap that had been set by a hunter or trapper acting under this subchapter.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.