Arizona Camping Laws and Regulations

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ARS § 17-301.01 Protection from wildlife


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Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 17 – Game and Fish

Synopsis: This law establishes an exception to killing wildlife in the case of self-defense or in the defense of another person. However, the killing of any animal under this exception must be reported to the Arizona Game & Fish Department. This is pertinent because many federal and state lands in Arizona have banned the use of weapons, making this law the exception.

17-308. Protection from wildlife

A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, any person may take wildlife in self-defense or in defense of another person if it is immediately necessary to protect oneself or to protect the other person.

B. A person shall notify the department within five days after taking wildlife under this section. No animal or part of an animal taken pursuant to this section may be retained, sold or removed from the site without authorization from the department.

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