|Posted:||December 16, 2016 11:54 AM|
|From:||Representative Neal P. Goodman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Theft of Trail Cameras|
|In the near future, I will re-introduce HB 1764 from last session to add a specific crime within the Game Code for the stealing of trail cameras and devices used to visually record wildlife. My bill will add these popular game watching cameras to the section of Title 34 that covers hunter harassment and the theft or destruction of other hunting related personal property.
Specifically, my bill adds trail cameras and other viewing devices to the section of the Game Code that covers theft and destruction of tree stands, blinds, and decoys. It also increases the penalty for such acts to a summary of the first degree from a summary of the second degree. A Summary 1 conviction in Title 34 brings a fine of $1,000 to $1,500 and a possible jail sentence of up to 3 months. Also new in my bill will be a mandatory hunting license revocation of one year for the guilty hunter. This would also trigger the requirement for a violator to attend a remedial hunter education and safety course.
In recent years, the use of trail cameras has increased and given hunters a new tool to identify and pattern wildlife. Unfortunately, a result of the greater number of these cameras in the woods has been a spike in the number of cameras being stolen. With my legislation, I hope to give hunters an added protection for their investment and property.
Introduced as HB484