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Penalties for Poaching Increase in Missouri

Juanita Shore

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.

The fines also include $1,000 to $5,000 for each whitetail buck and $500 to $1,000 for each wild turkey or paddlefish killed illegally.

Fines are considered restitution payments and are ordered by a judge in addition to fines and penalties for any other violations of the Missouri Wildlife Code.

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