Those thinking about killing an elk or a black bear in Missouri ought to check their bank balance first. If they get caught, they face a fine of $10,000 to $15,000 under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Mike Parson.
The law, sponsored by state Sen. Matt Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and state Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, will take effect Aug. 28. It raises a host of fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri game species and other native wildlife, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation.