Wild Animal Control Act 1977

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Reprint as at 18 October 2017

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Wild Animal Control Act 1977

Public Act
1977 No 111
Date of assent
23 December 1977
23 December 1977

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


1Short Title
3Act to bind Crown
4Wild animals to be controlled
5Minister’s general powers
5AGeneral provisions relating to general policies and wild animal control plans
5BManagement of wild animals
6Delegation of Minister’s powers
7Director-General may delegate certain powers
8Hunting or killing of wild animals
9Ownership of wild animals
10Provisions to secure concerted action
11Restrictions on liberation of wild animals
12Keeping of specified wild animals in captivity
12ADeer farms
12BSafari parks
12CPowers of Director-General in relation to deer farms and safari parks
13Powers of warranted officers
14Warranted officers’ powers of inspection of occupied Crown-owned land
15Obligations of lessees of Crown-owned land
16Entry on land for purposes of Act
17Wild animals on land administered by the Department of Conservation under the Conservation Act 1987 or any other enactment
18Fencing of land
20Special provisions relating to goats [Repealed]
21Purpose of this Part
22Power to grant concessions for wild animal recovery operations on certain Crown-owned and other land
23Matters to which Minister to have regard in considering application for concession
24Licensing of operators for wild animal recovery services [Repealed]
25Obligations of holders of permits [Repealed]
26Allocation, cancellation, and variation of permits [Repealed]
27Declaration of recreational hunting areas
28Management of recreational hunting areas
29National Recreational Hunting Advisory Committee
30Local authority may apply funds for destruction of wild animals
31Local authorities to submit plans for destruction for approval of Minister
32Protection of officers and others
34Offenders to give name and address to officers, etc
34AOwner or hirer of aircraft to give information as to identity of pilot, etc
35Offenders liable for payment of expenses
37Proceedings for offences
38Presumptions and obligations in connection with hunting and killing
39ASentence of community work
39BPenalties for offences committed for commercial gain or reward
41Remuneration and travelling allowances for members of committees
42Financial provisions
43Annual report
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