Tarheel Poachers To Reap Their Just Rewards
August 28, 2013
I struggled with that post headline. The story behind it is just too cool, but somehow, I don’t think I pulled it off.
Anyway, I was checking out a new blog the other day, NCWildBoar, and I added them to my feeds. It’s a fairly new blog, apparently, but they have potential. If you get a chance, check it out.
Today, the NC Wild Boar blog posted up this article from the Charlotte News and Observer about a new North Carolina law. The law is a tasty bit of ironic justice, because it will require the poachers to pay back the reward money that is awarded to the citizen who reported the illegal activity.
North Carolina’s new Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund adds the reward fee to court costs and fines. An offender also may have to compensate the state for the value of game or fish taken illegally and for the cost of any investigation, according to the text of Session Law 2013-380.
The innovative law “gives the court the right to make the violator pay his own reward,” said Ramon Bell, past president of the N.C. Bowhunters Association who worked on the measure with Rep. John Faircloth of Guilford County and former N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission director Dick Hamilton.
Is that awesome or what? Ideally, it’s a self-perpetuating reward fund. Somebody turns in a poacher and gets a reward. Poacher gets convicted and pays back the reward as part of court costs. I hope the idea spreads to other states.