Q: I know that some states have laws making it illegal to deliberately run over wildlife with a motor vehicle. Does Minnesota have such a law? If so, what are the penalties and what animals are protected?
A: Yes. Minnesota Statute 97B.091 states that, “A person may not use a motor vehicle to intentionally drive, chase, run over, kill or take a wild animal.” Violation of this law is a misdemeanor, meaning that it is punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. “Motor vehicle” includes any self-propelled motor vehicle such as a car or truck, ATV, ORV, snowmobile or motorized watercraft. If you see such behavior, please contact your local conservation officer or call the TIP hotline at (800) 652-9093.
Matthew S. Miller is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer with the Lake Superior Marine Unit. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.