36. Wild animals as subjects of theft.

36.     Wild animals as subjects of theft.

Although a wild animal, whether tamed or untamed, may be regarded as property1, neither it nor its carcase can be the subject of theft if the animal is not tamed or ordinarily kept in captivity2 unless either it has been reduced into possession by or on behalf of someone other than the taker, and possession of it has not since been lost or abandoned, or it is in course of being reduced into possession by another person3. Thus, a person who kills and carries away a wild