|Black Bear in Missouri- Noppadol Paothong- MDC|
"A man who earlier this month killed a black bear in Jefferson County and tossed the head and hide into a creek paid more in court costs than the $99.50 fine he received." His final bill including court costs was $203.That is the opening line of a story in today's News-Leader. Before you read further, read the newspaper story.
Now lets do some comparison shopping, considering that we do not have a hunting season and have an estimated 300-350 bears.
- Arkansas has an estimated bear population of 5,000. A non-resident hunting license in Arkansas which includes bear is $350.
- Minnesota has an estimated black bear population of 20,000. A non-resident bear hunting license in Minnesota is $230 but of course you would have travel expenses, etc.
- "Kansas recently implemented a trophy poaching law that bases its fines on the size of a deer or elk's antlers. An illegally killed deer whose antlers scored 200 inches could cost a poacher up to $20,000, while an elk with antlers scoring 350 inches would set a poacher back as much as $45,000."
- "Like Missouri, Iowa can seek civil penalties in county courts for poaching cases. But it also sets costly restitution fines for some of its game animals. Restitution fines for a deer with antlers that score more than 150 inches, for example, range from $5,000 to $10,000 with community service, or up to $20,000 if the poacher declines to do community service."
"Under Black's bill, anyone who illegally killed an elk or black bear in Missouri would face an additional fine of $3,500. Killing a turkey illegally could cost an extra $750, while taking a deer illegally could add $1,500 to whatever civil penalty a local judge might order. "I think you will agree that at $203, that was a bargain bear.