Missouri House votes to raise poaching fines for elk

9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, February 28 2018 Feb 28, 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:32:58 AM CST February 28, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has voted overwhelmingly to raise poaching fines to protect the state's fledgling elk population.

The bill approved Wednesday would allow judges to impose fines of at least $2,500 for attempting to illegally hunt elk. The money would be used to benefit local school districts.

In 2011 the Department of Conservation began reintroducing elk in Missouri, a century-and-a-half after elk were wiped out from the state. The department estimates there are 170 elk in Missouri today, up from the original 34 animals that were brought over from Kentucky.

The bill would also increase fines for poaching wild turkey, paddlefish, white-tailed deer and black bears.

The House passed the measure 130-19. It now heads to the Missouri Senate.

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