By Staples H.B. No. 1947 76R7848 MI-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to allowing a landowner to take a depredating fur-bearing 1-3 animal without a hunting or trapping license. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 71.004(a), Parks and Wildlife Code, is 1-6 amended to read as follows: 1-7 (a) No person may take, sell, purchase, or possess a 1-8 fur-bearing animal, pelt, or carcass in this state, except as 1-9 provided by proclamation of the commission. This chapter does not 1-10 prohibit a landowner or his agent from taking a fur-bearing animal 1-11 causing depredation on that person's land. A landowner or the 1-12 landowner's agent, without having a hunting license or a trapper's 1-13 license issued under this code, may take a fur-bearing animal that 1-14 is causing depredation on the landowner's land. No person may 1-15 possess a fur-bearing animal taken for depredation purposes except 1-16 as authorized by proclamation of the commission. 1-17 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1999. 1-18 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 1-19 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-20 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-21 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 1-22 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.