Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro, D-North Coast, to protect game and wildlife such as elk, antelope, bighorn sheep and deer from rampant poaching.

“Poachers are threatening California’s heritage wildlife, because until now penalties for illegally taking these animals have not been enough of a deterrent,” Chesbro said. “AB 1162 changes the game by directing the Fish and Game Commission to establish a new penalty fee schedule based on each animal’s trophy designation, including the size and characteristics of each species. Fines for poaching trophy game will significantly increase, ranging from between $5,000 and $40,000 for deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep.”

This bill was sponsored by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance and the California Waterfowl Association. It received support from the California Game Wardens Association and California Political Action Committee for Animals (PawPAC).

AB 1162 passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill takes effect Jan. 1.

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