12.9.401    DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this rule the following definition applies:

(1) "Hacking" means the reintroduction of peregrine falcons into their former range by any process to allow natural physical conditioning of eyasses or young birds of prey taken from the nest before they can fly or hatched in captivity. It may, for example, involve the use of a box or other structure suspended on a cliff face and through the top of which food and water are lowered to keep the falcons from associating people with food, until the young birds learn to fly and hunt on their own. It is the process of taking the captive birds or nestlings and facilitating their transition to a wild state using such methods as direct and cross-fostering.

History: 87-5-704, 87-5-711, MCA; IMP, 87-5-704, 87-5-711, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 1462, Eff. 8/29/86.