Wild Animal Control Act 1977

Reprint as at 28 November 2013

Wild Animal Control Act 1977

Public Act1977 No 111
Date of assent23 December 1977
Commencement23 December 1977


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.



1 Short Title

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind Crown

Part 1
Wild animal control

4 Wild animals to be controlled

5 Minister's general powers

5A General provisions relating to general policies and wild animal control plans

5B Management of wild animals

6 Delegation of Minister's powers

7 Director-General may delegate certain powers

8 Hunting or killing of wild animals

9 Ownership of wild animals

10 Provisions to secure concerted action

11 Restrictions on liberation of wild animals

12 Keeping of specified wild animals in captivity

12A Deer farms

12B Safari parks

12C Powers of Director-General in relation to deer farms and safari parks

13 Powers of warranted officers

14 Warranted officers' powers of inspection of occupied Crown-owned land

15 Obligations of lessees of Crown-owned land

16 Entry on land for purposes of Act

17 Wild animals on land administered by the Department of Conservation under the Conservation Act 1987 or any other enactment

18 Fencing of land

19 Tenancies

20 Special provisions relating to goats [Repealed]

Part 2
Concessions for wild animal recovery operations on certain Crown-owned and other land

21 Purpose of this Part

22 Power to grant concessions for wild animal recovery operations on certain Crown-owned and other land

23 Matters to which Minister to have regard in considering application for concession

24 Licensing of operators for wild animal recovery services [Repealed]

25 Obligations of holders of permits [Repealed]

26 Allocation, cancellation, and variation of permits [Repealed]

Part 3
Recreational hunting

27 Declaration of recreational hunting areas

28 Management of recreational hunting areas

29 National Recreational Hunting Advisory Committee

Part 4
Powers of local authorities

30 Local authority may apply funds for destruction of wild animals

31 Local authorities to submit plans for destruction for approval of Minister

Part 5
General provisions

32 Protection of officers and others

33 Notices

34 Offenders to give name and address to officers, etc

34A Owner or hirer of aircraft to give information as to identity of pilot, etc

35 Offenders liable for payment of expenses

36 Offences

37 Proceedings for offences

38 Presumptions and obligations in connection with hunting and killing

39 Penalties

39A Sentence of community work

39B Penalties for offences committed for commercial gain or reward

40 Regulations

41 Remuneration and travelling allowances for members of committees

42 Financial provisions

43 Annual report

44 Repeals

Enactments repealed

Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012

Reprint notes

An Act to make better provision for the control of harmful species of introduced wild animals and the means of regulating the operations of recreational and commercial hunters, including wild animal recovery hunting using aircraft, so as to achieve concerted action and effective wild animal control, and to consolidate and amend the Noxious Animals Act 1956