ORS 496.620¹
Nonliability of law enforcement officers

No person authorized to enforce the wildlife laws shall suffer any civil liability for the enforcement or attempted enforcement of any provisions of the wildlife laws or for the exercise or attempted exercise of any of the duties or privileges granted to or imposed by law upon the State Fish and Wildlife Commission or such persons. [Amended by 1971 c.658 §11; 1973 c.723 §20]

Notes of Decisions

Immunity is subject to require­ment that per­son act in good-faith belief that per­son is enforcing game laws or exercising duties or privileges. Dickens v. DeBolt, 288 Or 3, 602 P2d 246 (1979)

To rely on immunity de­fense under ORS 30.265 (Scope of liability of public body, officers, employees and agents), agency must show that employees instituting ac­tion were authorized to enforce wildlife laws and were acting pursuant to that authoriza­tion. Franke v. State Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife, 166 Or App 660, 2 P3d 921 (2000)

Chapter 496

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Commission authority to restrict use of boat ramp it locates on state land, (1971) Vol 35, p 900

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 496—Application, Administration and Enforcement of Wildlife Laws, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­496.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 496, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­496ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information