Discussion Topic: Manatee Snaggers Land Prison Time

This one comes from our Shooting Editor, Phil Bourjaily, who writes:

Dave,
Can you believe these idiots? They posted videos of themselves on their MySpace pages trying to snag manatees.

Now, according to this CBS4 News article, Karl F. Kuhn, III, 19, and Charles V. Podesta, Jr., 20, both of Hollywood, Florida, are headed up the river. Kuhn got 15 days in a federal pen. Both will serve a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Podesta landed 30 days in prison, house arrest, and ironically, he must now post an apology on MySpace. (Be sure to check out the video at the link.)

So there are really two questions here: Are these the dumbest “anglers” on the planet? And does there punishment fit the crime?