.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 2171, the second engrossment, as follows:
Page 25, delete section 52 and insert:
"Sec. 52. Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 97B.667, is amended to read:
1.497B.667 REMOVAL OF BEAVERS, BEAVER DAMS, AND LODGES BY
1.5ROAD AUTHORITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS.
When a drainage watercourse is impaired by a beaver dam and the water damages
or threatens to damage a public road, the road authority, as defined in section
, may remove the impairment and any associated beaver lodge within 300
feet of the road. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the road authority may kill or
arrange to have killed by any lawful means a beaver associated with the lodge.
1.11(b) Local government units may kill or arrange to have killed by any lawful means
1.12beaver that are causing damage, including damage to silvicultural projects, on property
1.13owned or managed by the local government unit. Removal or destruction of any associated
1.14beaver lodge is subject to section 97A.401, subdivision 5.
Before killing or arranging to kill a beaver under this section, the road authority
1.16or local government unit
must contact a conservation officer for a special beaver permit.
The conservation officer must issue the permit for any beaver subject to this section. A
road authority or local government unit
that kills or arranges to have killed a beaver under
this section must notify a conservation officer or the officer's designee as specified in the
permit within ten days after the animal is killed.
A road authority or local government unit
may, after consultation with the
and the Board of Water and Soil Resources
, implement a local beaver
control program designed to reduce the number of incidents of beaver: (1)
or damaging a public road; or (2) causing damage, including damage to silvicultural
1.25projects, on property owned or managed by a local government unit
. The local control
program may include the offering of a bounty for the lawful taking of beaver."