2021 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 23 - Fish and Game, Wild Birds and Animals
Section 23:7-9 - Actions forbidden on property under State control; penalty.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 23:7-9 (2021)

23:7-9 Actions forbidden on property under State control; penalty.

1. a. With respect to or on property under the control of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, no person may:

(1) remove or disturb any vegetation, soil, water, minerals, or other property of the State;

(2) litter, dump, or discard refuse of any kind;

(3) cause injury or damage to any equipment, structure, building, or other property; or

(4) use such property contrary to rules or regulations established by the division.

b. (1) If a person violates any provision of subsection a. of this section, the division may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief to prohibit and prevent the violation and the court may proceed in a summary manner.

(2) (a) A person who violates any provision of subsection a. of this section shall be liable to a civil penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $1,500, plus restitution if applicable, for each offense, to be collected in a civil action by a summary proceeding under the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.) or in any case before a court of competent jurisdiction wherein injunctive relief has been requested, except that any violation involving a vehicle or off-road vehicle shall be subject to the provisions of sections 33 and 34 of P.L.2009, c.275 (C.39:3C-33 and C.39:3C-34) and any fees or fines collected thereunder shall be subject to the provisions of R.S.23:10-3. The Superior Court and municipal courts shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine violations of subsection a. of this section. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense. If the violation results in pecuniary gain to the violator, or the violator willfully or wantonly causes injury or damage to property, including but not limited to natural resources, the violator shall be liable to an additional civil penalty equal to three times the value of the pecuniary gain or injury or damage to property.

As used in this subparagraph, "vehicle" and "off-road vehicle" shall have the meanings prescribed for those respective terms in section 32 of P.L.2009, c.275 (C.39:3C-32).

(b) In addition, for each subsequent violation, all license certificates required, and all privileges, to take or possess wildlife shall be suspended for a period of five years. A license certificate or privilege suspended pursuant to this subparagraph shall not be reinstated until the holder thereof has first completed, to the satisfaction of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the approved remedial sportsmen education program established and conducted by the division pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1990, c.29 (C.23:3-22.3).

(3) Penalties assessed pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to any other civil or criminal penalties that may be applicable pursuant to law.

L.1954, c.38, s.1; (title amended 1956, c.30, s.1; 1964, c.79, s.1) amended 1956, c.30, s.2; 1964, c.79, s.2; 1970, c.317; 1990, c.29, s.7; 2005, c.330, s.2; 2009, c.275, s.37.

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