The CCA CAL has recently taken action to urge the Fish and Game Commission to communicate to prosecutors and judges on the vital importance of upholding California’s game and fish laws. Too often in the past, violators of game and fish statues were given a slap on the wrist which did not deter them from committing multiple future crimes. CCA CAL’s Executive Director, Wayne Kotow said, “We need all levels of government to work together to protect our resources and quit letting poachers off the hook with a hand-slap on the wrist.”
Many individuals have had multiple citations for similar crimes that the system has not given priority.
New laws are in the process of being implemented that will impose minimum and maximum fines greater than normal and jail time, for the illegal taking of trophy deer, elk, antelope, big horn sheep and turkey. Once the details of “trophy status” are worked out, this law will hopefully deter would-be poachers from continuing their illegal activities.
CCA CAL will continue to voice the concerns of law-abiding citizens in order to preserve the resource for the public’s benefit.