The Laws of Texas, 1921 [Volume 21] Page: 41 of 1,670
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GENERAL LAWS. 33
conserve birds and bird life on North Bird Island and on South Bird
Island in Kleberg County; on Green Island in Cameron County and
on the Group of Islands known as Three Islands in Cameron County,
and on the flats and reefs and shallow waters in the vicinity of and
adjacent to all of said Islands so far as such water, flats and reefs may
be necessary for purposes of this Act, and as the same are situated in
LaCuna Madre between Padre Island and the main coast lines of said
counties, the Commissioner of the General Land Office shall, upon application
of said Association, lease said areas or so much thereof as
said Association may desire for the purposes stated herein for a term
not to exceed fifty years; provided, if said Association should at any
time during the term of any lease issued under this Act dissolve its
organization or consent to a termination of such lease the Commissioner
of the General Land Office shall cancel same and thereupon
all rights acquired by said Association shall terminate.
SEC. 2. All leases shall be recorded in the county in which the
leased area is situated and after the record thereof the lessee shall
have the exclusive right to enter upon, have, hold and occupy exclusively
the area included in such lease and shall have the exclusive
right to adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the
execution of the purposes of this Act; provided, nothing herein shall
be construed to prohibit or interfere with the authority of any peace
officer of the State of Texas or of the United States to enter upon
any such leased area for the purpose of discharging any duty imposed
upon such officer by the laws of Texas or by the laws of the
SEC. 3. After such lease has been recorded it shall be unlawful for
any person whomsoever except a representative, an agent or an employe
of said Association or a peace officer of the State of Texas or
of the United States to enter upon such leased area without the
knowledge and consent of said Association for the purpose of catching
or killing any bird or birds or for the purpose of taking any bird
or bird eggs or for the purpose of destroying any bird nests or bird
eggs; it shall be unlawful for any person whomsoever to catch, kill
or maim any bird or birds on any such leased area or to catch, kill
or maim any bird or birds on or above said area by any means whatsoever
even though such person may be above or outside of such leased
area; it shall be unlawful for any person whomsoever to discharge
any firearms or other explosive on or above any leased area, or to
land, tie or anchor any fishing boat within any such leased areas;
provided, nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit any representative,
agent or employe of said Association from catching, killing or
destroying within any such leased area any bird or birds and any
animal that may be known to prey upon bird life or bird eggs nor to
prohibit such representative, agent or employe from taking bird eggs
and catching and carrying away any bird or birds for propagation
or conservation or scientific purposes only, nor to prohibit persons
from taking refuge on any leased area on account of storms.
SEC. 4. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this
Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1921 [Volume 21], book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14933/m1/41/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .