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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:20

Pavlov's anti-poaching bill unanimously passes the Senate

(AREA) -- Legislation to toughen penalties for illegally killing a protected animal or trophy buck in the state of Michigan unanimously passed the Michigan Senate last week with bipartisan support. 25th District State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township says this is good news for Michigan sportsmen. Senate Bills 1340 and 1341 would increase existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. The new measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states. Offenders would be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per deer, additional restitution based on antler size, possible misdemeanor fines and up to 90 days in jail. In addition, offenders would have their hunting privileges revoked for the remainder of the year in which they were convicted and five subsequent years for the first offense and up to ten years for the second. Fines would be deposited into the state's Game and Fish Protection Fund. The bills now head to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.