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Wis. committee considers steeper poaching fines

  • Associated Press
  • February 5, 2014 - 10:50 AM

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin legislator is trying to convince the state Senate's natural resources committee to approve a bill that would create steeper fines for poaching trophy deer.

Current state law allows judges to impose a $43 wild animal protection surcharge on top of poaching fines. Sen. Jerry Petrowski's bill would dramatically increase the surcharge according to antler spread, from $2,000 to $10,000.

Petrowski, a Marathon Republican, told the natural resources committee during a public hearing on the measure Wednesday he hopes the higher surcharges would discourage poachers and protect Wisconsin's reputation as home to large bucks.

Committee members were non-committal, asking technical questions about current surcharges and fines. Committee approval would send the bill on to the full Senate but the panel wasn't expected to vote on Wednesday.

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