In a ceremony Monday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation co-authored by Democratic Portage State Representative Chuck Moseley that would make it illegal for a person to transport a hunter or fisherman onto private property without the landowner’s permission. Moseley says this kind of trespassing has happened in rural areas all over the state and is potentially dangerous for the family on that farm unaware that live ammunition is being used on their land. It is also against the law to knowingly sell or ship wild animals, nests or eggs.
Moseley worked closely with Republican State Representative Tom Saunders of Lewisville to pass the bill during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
House Enrolled Act 1545 was officially signed into law on April 17th, and makes the transgression a Class A Misdemeanor. A Class A Misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and is punishable by up to one year in jail.
The penalties are increased if valuable resources are taken from the property. The providing of guide services to take, acquire, receive, transport, or possess wild animals, protected by law and valued at less than $500, is a Class C Misdemeanor.
Likewise, if a person knowingly sells or ships wild animals, nests or eggs, valued at less than $500, he has committed a Class C Misdemeanor. If the animal or animal product is valued at more than $500 but less than $5,000, the offense is a Level 6 Felony. If the market value of the animal or the animal product is greater than $5,000, then a Level 5 Felony has been committed.