Texas Bat Protection Law

AN ACT relating to the protection of bats; providing a penalty.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 63, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by adding Section 63.101 to read as follows:


Sec. 63.101. PROTECTION OF BATS.
(a) Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (c), no person may:
(1) hunt a bat; or
(2) sell, offer for sale, purchase, offer to purchase, or possess after purchase a bat or any part of a bat, dead or alive.
(b) A bat may be removed or hunted if the bat is inside or on a building occupied by people.
(c) This section does not apply to:
(1) an animal control officer, a peace officer, or a health official who captures a bat that the officer or official considers injured or diseased;
(2) a person who transports a bat for the purpose of laboratory testing if the bat has exposed or potentially exposed humans or domestic animals to rabies; or
(3) a person who is licensed to provide pest control services.


SECTION 2. Subsection (c), Section 63.104, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended to read as follows:
(c) A person who violates Section 63.002 or 63.101 of this code commits an offense that is a Class C Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.


SECTION 3. This Act takes effect
September 1, 2001, and applies only to an act described by Section 63.101, Parks and Wildlife Code, as added by this Act, committed on or after that date.