4Exception: search by authorised person

(1)An authorised person does not commit an offence under section 1(1) by using a dog to search for, or catch, a wild mammal if that person does so with no intention of harming the wild mammal.

(2)In subsection (1) “authorised person” means—

(a)an officer of a local authority acting in pursuance of any function of the local authority;

(b)any person authorised by such an officer to search for, or catch, a wild mammal; and

(c)a constable.