No action will lie for the trespass of animals ferae naturae on the land of another, for the owner has only a qualified property in them while they are alive, and they go with and belong to the soil; as soon as they have crossed from the land of one man to that of another, the latter, though not the owner, has the right to kill them and reduce them into possession1. An owner of land, therefore, is not liable for the damage done by rabbits or other wild animals that come from his land (for his neighbour may
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