What are the potential penalties for poaching?

The potential penalties for poaching depend on the jurisdiction in which the poaching occurs. Different states and the federal government have different penalties for poaching. In some jurisdictions, poaching is punishable by a fine, a ban from fishing in certain waters and jail time. Poaching of endangered species may be considered a felony.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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