Discussion Topic: Should 18-Year-Old Poacher Get Lifetime Hunting Ban?
From a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release: _An 18-year-old Pensacola man now knows citizens of his area...
_An 18-year-old Pensacola man now knows citizens of his area and the local courts have little tolerance for repeated wildlife crimes.
Joshua Wayne Douglas and a 16-year-old Milton youth faced a Santa Rosa County judge last week after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers charged them with killing three small spotted fawns on Christmas Eve near Munson on Division of Forestry property and shooting from a roadway. A Wildlife Alert tip led officers to the pair.
Douglas pled guilty and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 30 hours of community service, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $330 court costs, had his hunting privileges revoked for life and forfeited the shotgun used to kill the deer. The juvenile received probation._
Too harsh or just deserts? Perhaps more to the point, will a lifetime revocation be an effective deterrent?