41-2-48. Conservation officers--Entering private land--Prohibition--Exceptions.

No conservation officer may, in the course of performing the duties of a conservation officer, enter any private land unless the conservation officer has a warrant or has the explicit or implied permission of the landowner or lessee. However, any conservation officer may enter any private land without permission:

(1)    If reasonable suspicion or probable cause exists that a violation of a law that the conservation officer is authorized to enforce has been, is being, or is about to be committed on the private land;

(2)    To dispatch crippled or distressed wildlife the conservation officer has personally and lawfully observed on the private land; or

(3)    To respond to emergency situations, accidents, or other threats to public safety occurring on the private land.

Source: SL 2021, ch 183, § 1.