54 Director-General may authorise hunting or killing of wildlife causing damage
  • (1) The Director-General, on being satisfied that injury or damage to any person or to any land or to any stock or crops or to any chattel or to other wildlife has arisen or is likely to arise through the presence on any land of any animals (whether absolutely protected or not), and whether or not the land is a wildlife refuge or a closed game area, may authorise in writing the occupier of the land, or any officer or servant of the Department, or any other person, to hunt or kill, or cause to be hunted or killed, or to catch alive for any specified purpose any such animals, or to take or destroy the eggs of any such animals, subject to such conditions and during such period as may be specified in the authority.

    (1A) Where any authority is given under this section to the occupier of any land, that authority may be exercised on his behalf by any person in the employ of or acting with the written authority of the occupier.

    (2) The Director-General may give to any Fish and Game Council any written authority that may be given under subsection (1) in respect of game.

    (3) The provisions of subsections (4), (6), and (7) of section 53 shall apply with respect to any authority granted under this section.

    Compare: 1921–22 No 57 s 32

    Section 54 heading: amended, on 1 April 1987, by section 65(1) of the Conservation Act 1987 (1987 No 65).

    Section 54(1): amended, on 10 April 1990, by section 81(1) of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).

    Section 54(1): amended, on 1 April 1987, by section 65(1) of the Conservation Act 1987 (1987 No 65).

    Section 54(1): amended, on 17 November 1964, by section 8(2)(a) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1964 (1964 No 63).

    Section 54(1): amended (with effect on 1 April 1956), on 10 May 1956, by section 2(4)(a) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1956 (1956 No 5).

    Section 54(1): amended (with effect on 1 April 1956), on 10 May 1956, by section 2(4)(b) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1956 (1956 No 5).

    Section 54(1A): inserted, on 17 November 1964, by section 8(1) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1964 (1964 No 63).

    Section 54(2): replaced, on 10 April 1990, by section 81(2) of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).

    Section 54(3): inserted, on 10 April 1990, by section 81(2) of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).