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Joined: 1/14/2006Amherst NS
A Nova Scotia man has been banned from hunting for twenty ( 20 ) years after shooting a robotic moose.
Robert Lee McLaren, 49 of Pugwash Junction pleaded guilty yesterday
to attempting to kill an endangered species.
He is the first person in Nova Scotia to be found quilty of the crime after shooting “Bullwinkle”, a full sized moose decoy used by the Natural Resourses Department to help combat the poaching of mainland moose.
The animals became an endangered species in 2003.
McLaren shot the decoy near Thompson Station, NS., on Nov. 2. He had been driving with his wife and child when he stopped his car, jumped out, levelled a rifle over the roof and fired at the fake moose.
Conservation officers were just metres away and arrested him.
In addittion to the hunting ban, McLaren must also pay $4,025 fine and forfeit his car and rifle.From what I’ve seen is that the people who poach will continue if they feel that they can get away with it. They know that game officers are far and few between and usually hang out in the most popular spots.
In Oregon where I used to live (On the coast) and here I hear of many people poaching game. Up here though, if it’s someone who lives on their homestead in the middle of nowhere, usually where there’s no running water, no electricity, basically no amenites and they hunt for their own livelyhood, I really don’t frown on this because they will use what they harvest……and they don’t tend to waste the animal. It’s when you hear about those who choose to live on welfare or even have good jobs but have no respect for the local laws and will take game whenever they feel like it, take what ever game they come accross with no regards to whether it’s a cow with calf or even a yearling that I have a problem with.
Of course, if the laws state that the animal is endangered, then it doesn’t matter who kills it, this is just wrong and whoever did this obviously has no respect for the laws nor do they care if a species survives or becomes extinct and I DEFINATELY have a problem with this.
I also disagree with people who catch and release Salmon because they just don’t want to quit fishing………but this is another topic…..
Thanks for letting me “Soapbox” for awhile, I’ll step down nowThis is great news now if they can punish a poacher in this manner its time to punish these rapists and molesters in the same degree.[/b]
This is great news now if they can punish a poacher in this manner its time to punish these rapists and molesters in the same degree.[/b]
What do you mean……a light monetary fine and take away their rifle and car?
If you’re talking about castration and such, it’s been proven that a lot of these crimes are done not out of “getting off” alone but because they are on power trips and feel the need to “dominate” people, situations. They really get the kick out of the release of anger, and making others do as they’re told…….and to make them go through the ultimate humiliation and demoralization.
I think that death would be a better solution……but unfortunately, it’s just not that easy
Location: OKHe wasn’t hunting in the first place. He was poaching. Should a shoplifter be banned from shopping and call it a ‘stiff fine’? The guy should go to jail. Glad he can’t hunt legally anymore also!
Joined: 6/25/2004Bet he won’t do it again…….What isn’t mentioned is was it his first offense or 10th? Twenty years seems kind of harsh for a first offense.
Banning a poacher from hunting for 20 years makes as much sense as banning a moonshiner from buying whiskey from a liqour store: If he isn’t doing it legally now, he certainly continue to do it illegally in the future.
Money and/or jail time will be the best deterrent.Unfortunately, jail isn’t always a deterrent………..and with the overcrowding going on, most courts won’t give jail time on a first offense.
Also people who break the law tend to continue doing so…….recidivism rates are proof of this…….I’ve seen way too many convicts who view jail as their “home away from home” where they get 3 hots and a cot. I love what Sheriff Arpayo has done at tent city…..I wish more states would have the cojones to follow suit…JMHO
Joined: 8/11/2005imo ya got to hit them where it hurts, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. taking away the car and rifle was a good move but the fine could have been a little more. i think minimum fines should be set at $10,000 and go up for every inch of antler on the poached animal. second offense should be $15,000 with the same deal and so on. that would put a hurting on those losers. as well as taking the vehicle and weapon used.
imo ya got to hit them where it hurts, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. taking away the car and rifle was a good move but the fine could have been a little more. i think minimum fines should be set at $10,000 and go up for every inch of antler on the poached animal. second offense should be $15,000 with the same deal and so on. that would put a hurting on those losers. as well as taking the vehicle and weapon used.
To add to this, if it’s a female or yearling……..double the minimum…..starting. Although, many don’t have the money to start with, shoot very old rifles, and drive beater vehicles…….
Joined: 6/28/2004Taking your vehicle can be a pretty hefty fine. Just depends on the vehicle. I like the idea of yanking his hunting privileges, I’m just curious what happens if he gets caught hunting?
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