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SECTION 11-0507
Liberation of fish, shellfish and wildlife
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 11, TITLE 5
§ 11-0507. Liberation of fish, shellfish and wildlife.

1. Fish or fish eggs shall not be placed in any waters of the state
unless a permit is first obtained from the department; but no permit
shall be required to place fish or fish eggs in an aquarium.

2. No person shall liberate or import or cause to be imported for the
purpose of liberation within the state any European hare (Lepus
europaeus), European or San Juan rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Texas
or jack rabbit (Lepus californicus), gray fox (Urocyon
cinereoargenteus), including captive bred gray fox, red fox (Vulpes
vuples), including captive bred red fox or nutria (Myocastor coypus),
whether taken from within or without the state. Nutria may be imported
only by permit of the department for scientific, exhibition or for
breeding purposes.

3. No person shall willfully liberate within the state any wildlife
except under permit from the department. The department may issue such
permit in its discretion, fix the terms thereof and revoke it at
pleasure. These provisions do not apply to migratory game birds,
importation of which is governed by regulation of the department.

4. No person shall intentionally liberate zebra mussels (Dreissena
polymorpha) into any waters of the state. No person shall buy, sell, or
offer to buy or sell, or intentionally possess or transport zebra
mussels except under a license or permit issued pursuant to section
11-0515. Zebra mussels, except those lawfully held pursuant to a license
or permit, may be destroyed by any person at any time.