18. A wildlife protection officer is responsible for the custody of property he has seized or which has been delivered to him by a wildlife protection assistant until a judge declares it confiscated or orders it returned to its owner. In addition, the wildlife protection officer is entrusted with the custody of the things seized and submitted in evidence, unless the judge to whom they were submitted in evidence decides otherwise.
However, in the case of a resident, the wildlife protection officer who seizes a vehicle, aircraft, boat or a live animal, fish or a dog may, after making, if necessary, the appropriate appraisal, place it in the custody of the offender.
The offender must accept custody of the seized property until a judge has declared it confiscated or has ordered it returned to its owner. In no case may the offender remove, deteriorate or alienate the property, on pain of a fine equivalent to the value of the seized property.
Where possession of an animal, fish or pelt or of a specimen of a plant species referred to in section 13.1 is prohibited under the provisions of the Acts or regulations under which the seizure was made, the person from whom the animal, fish, pelt or specimen was seized may abandon it to the State.
1983, c. 39, s. 18; 1986, c. 109, s. 6; 1992, c. 61, s. 226; 1996, c. 18, s. 3; 1996, c. 62, s. 48; 2000, c. 48, s. 4, s. 36; 2009, c. 49, s. 43.