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These Guys Came Here to Poach and Got Just a Slap on the Wrist

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / October 28, 2007

I could not believe what I read about the poachers from Washington ("Poachers nailed for big game bonanza," Oct. 18). For one man, a suspended jail sentence, partial fine suspension and he can come back to hunt? At least there was no mention in the article of him never getting a hunting license again.

I am very disappointed in our court system. In Kenai, I have heard of people going to jail and losing their guns, boats and more for shooting an illegal moose (1 inch shy) and turning it in to Fish and Game or not marking a fish tag right away or getting a couple fish over the limit to feed their families. What is wrong here? These men came to our state reportedly knowing the laws and knowing their intentions of hunting illegally, and they killed animals -- not for need -- but for sport. All one got is a slap on the wrist?

Maybe, just maybe, if you do the crime you should have to suffer the consequences. And maybe, just maybe, you won't do it again. What a concept. Do the crime. Do the time. No ifs, ands or buts. The courts need some work.

---- Tracey Lee


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