Discussion Topic: Should Vandals Lose Outdoor Licenses?
From the _Ravalli Republic: _ _”Vandalism at state parks and fishing access sites has been an issue for a long...
From the _Ravalli Republic:
_”Vandalism at state parks and fishing access sites has been an issue for a long time,” said Ron Aascheim of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “Between 2006 and 2008, we had $36,000 of damages done at just fishing access sites … it is a big deal. . . .”
_[A] new law would require a judge to suspend hunting, fishing and trapping rights for two years for anyone convicted of criminal mischief in a case involving vandalism to a state owned site.
_[A] portion of the new law is [focused] on . . . hard-core illegal antler hunters who sneak onto the wildlife management areas before the mid-May opening to get a jumpstart on the season. . . .
_”[S]portsmen’s dollars have been used to purchase wildlife management areas around the state. They are set aside as winter range to protect big game.”
Any kind of disturbance can be detrimental to the animals. . . . ”These places need to be kept secure,” he said.
What do you think? Should vandals or trespassers lose their hunting and fishing rights?