Poll Question

Recently, Virginia has proposed legislation that would make the punishment for poaching, in their state, a 1-5 year prison sentence through HB-449. Poaching undermines the social acceptance of hunters, jobs, recreation, local and state economies, and conservation efforts. How should poachers be punished?

  • By sentencing them to jail time. (36.54%)
  • By giving them a cash fine. (13.46%)
  • By banning their hunting and fishing privileges and their ability to buy the necessary licenses. (15.38%)
  • By putting them on a probation period. (0.96%)
  • There should be some discretion in the penalties depending on the motivations for the poaching incident. (33.65%)

Recently, two Montana state representatives have proposed more aggressive legislation addressing the state's gray wolf population. These bills range from the addition of a wolf tag into big game combination tags, to year-round sanctioned harvest without a license, use of snare traps, and private reimbursement of wolf harvest. Currently, the wolf population in Montana sits at 850 wolves, which is 700 over the state’s minimum recovery goal of 150 wolves. Which of the below options for wolf management do you support? (Select all that apply)

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