California Bill Would Raise Trophy Poaching Fines to $40K
A bill sponsored by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance and Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata was introduced to the California legislature that would raise poaching fines to as much as $40,000. The bill specifically targets criminal enhancements for taking trophy class game, hunting over bait, or the use of spotlights. According to Redding.com, the bills sponsor wants to bring the poaching penalties in line with the rising market value of wildlife.
Chesbro's law comes after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 signed another bill that increased the fines for poachers caught with more than three times the daily bag limit or if they have more than three times the possession limit for a game species.