Pennsylvania May Get Tougher On Poachers

In recent weeks, the [state] game commission charged six men in four separate incidents of poaching. If convicted, though, even the worst offender -- a man who allegedly poached 23 deer over 16 years -- could not be sent to prison because there is no provision for incarceration in the Pennsylvania Game Code.

_That would change if a measure introduced by Rep. Ed Staback (D-Lackawanna/Wayne), gets passed by the full legislature. HB 97 would bump most summary offenses to misdemeanors or felonies, and provide for imprisonment and harsher fines.