LEGAL CORNER: I saw a question about hunting hogs and coyotes legally, what about coons and possums? Do bobcats have a season?

LEGAL CORNER: I saw a question about hunting hogs and coyotes legally, what about coons and possums? Do bobcats have a season?

QUESTION: I have been using a path over my recently deceased neighbor's property since the 1980's. The deceased's heirs have taken over the property and are threatening to build a fence which would obstruct my pathway. Are they allowed to do this?

ANSWER: Normally, verbal agreements regarding immovable property are not binding. So, any verbal permission can be withdrawn. But there may be other legal grounds for exercising that right of passage. Additional information would be helpful.

(1) is the right of passage in the deed? (2) are you completely landlocked (no access to your property except over other's property)?

QUESTION: My step daughter's biological dad has little interest in her. How difficult would it be to adopt her when her biological dad is still alive?

ANSWER: The first consideration is whether or not the absent parent will consent to the adoption. If consent is granted, the adoption can go forward. If the absent parent objects, the Children's Code Act. 1245 lists two grounds in which a contested adoption can be granted:

(1) the parent has refused or failed to comply with a court order of support without just cause for a period

QUESTIONI saw a question about hunting hogs and coyotes legally, what about coons and possums? Do bobcats have a season?

ANSWER: For coons and possums, you only need a "basic season" license, but you need a trapping license to sell the skins. You cannot hunt them from a moving boat or vehicle, and there is a limit of 2 per day.

Bobcats do not have a season, but there are limitations: (1) you have to possess a "basic season" license as well as a "big game license, (2) must be taken within legal shooting hours, and (3) limit is one per calendar year?.  Choose the heading "Hunting Regulations and Seasons" then click "Regulations" which will bring you to a screen where one of the categories is "2017-2018 hunting regulations". After clicking on that one, choose "Quadruped and Resident Bird Hunting Seasons".?
For other limitations and to review which firearms and which caliber weapons are allowed, visit the LDWF website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov

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