- Coyote protected by Landowner
Here are the specifics of the Law regarding the use of Purple Paint. The markings must consist of a conspicuous verticle line at least one inch in width, and at least 8 inches in length, and must be placed so that the bottoms of the marks are not less than 3 feet from the ground or more than 5 feet from the ground, at locations that are readily visible to any person approaching the property; and no more than 100 feet apart. Paint markings may be placed on trees, posts, stones or any other objects that are visible to a person approaching a restricted property.
More and more land is being posted all over Maine. And everywhere I travel in Maine as a biologist, the citizens are sharing with me that they are posting their land for two reasons: outright disrespect for the landowner and their land and their domestic animals, and grave concern for the violence heaped on coyotes year round.
The fact that this important carnivore, Coyote, is not protected by law here in Maine, has given those who kill out of hatred and cruelty free reign to behave as they wish. And to the detriment of our hunting community, these violent behaviors have huddled themselves under the cloak of “hunting”. As a result many 5 and 6 generation Mainers are posting their lands, where in the past they always welcomed hunters. So this abuse to Coyotes is having a serious impact on the future of ethical subsistence hunting in Maine.
A new Law just went into effect today, April 9, that is another easier way that Maine people can post their property: Purple Paint. Please read the following statute that describes what the purple paint means and how to use it.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION, BUREAU OF FORESTRY
Chapter 24: BOUNDARY PAINT MARKING STANDARDS
This rule establishes the procedures for lawfully posting property that access is prohibited without permission of the landowner or the landowner’s agent by the use of paint markings. The rule establishes requirements for the color and type of paint that may be used to indicate that access toproperty is prohibited without permission of the landowner or the landowner’s agent.
Section 1. Scope and Applicability
This rule governs all lands within Maine, including those owned by state and local governmentalunits, nonprofit organizations, and private forest lands. It does not govern federal forest lands or tribal trust lands.
Section 2. Paint Color and Quality
Paint used to post property that access is prohibited without permission of the landowner or the landowner’s agent must be:
1. of a quality sufficient for long term exterior exposure (including, but not limited to 100% exterior acrylic latex, alkyd oil based, acrylic lacquer, modified alkyd solvent based, orspecially formulated boundary marking paint); and,
2. the color “OSHA Safety Purple,” or a close match thereto. Paint markings must be maintained so as to be conspicuous at all times.
Section 3. Effective Date
The effective date of this rule shall be 09 April 2012.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 17-A M.R.S., Part 2, c. 17 (§402, sub-§4, para. B-1)
April 9, 2012 – filing 2012-78