Monday, June 29, 2009

An example of our state being soft on poachers

From Tom Stienstra

SOFT SENTENCE: The Department of Fish and Game reported that three generations of convicted poachers, Ronald Kemp, 74, Paul Kemp, 46, and Joseph Kemp, 20, all of Colusa County, were found with seven sets of antlers, various packages of deer meat that DNA tests showed represented 14 deer, none which had DNA that matched the antlers, 47 goose tracking collars (cost to Fish and Game: $5,000 apiece), and an illegal stuffed curlew, along with other violations. After being convicted, the department reported that the grandfather, father and son were ordered to pay approximately $5,500 in fines and court costs and were placed on three years probation, the first year of which they are prohibited from hunting.

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