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TERRITORY PARKS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ACT - SECT 66

Offences relating to protected wildlife

    (1)     A person must not take or interfere with protected wildlife unless the person is authorised to do so under this Act.

Maximum penalty:     In the case of protected wildlife other than threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 2,500 penalty units.

    In the case of threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 1,000 penalty units or imprisonment for 10 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 5,000 penalty units.

    (2)     A person must not have in his or her possession or under his or her control an animal that is protected wildlife unless the person is authorised to do so under this Act.

Maximum penalty:     In the case of protected wildlife other than threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 2,500 penalty units.

    In the case of threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 1,000 penalty units or imprisonment for 10 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 5,000 penalty units.

    (3)     A person must not bring protected wildlife into, release protected wildlife in or take protected wildlife out of the Territory unless the person is authorised to do so under this Act.

Maximum penalty:     In the case of protected wildlife other than threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 2,500 penalty units.

    In the case of threatened wildlife:

        (a)     if the offender is a natural person – 1,000 penalty units or imprisonment for 10 years; or

        (b)     if the offender is a body corporate – 5,000 penalty units.

    (4)     It is a defence to a prosecution against subsection (1) if the defendant proves that the contravention or failure to comply that constitutes the offence occurred as a result of the defendant's reasonable use and enjoyment of the land where the wildlife was located and was not the result of negligence on the part of the defendant.



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