- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Legislation mandating some of the nation’s stiffest penalties for poaching deer is now Maryland law.

The Cumberland Times-News (https://bit.ly/1XkLv9V ) reports that the measure became law Wednesday without Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, since he didn’t veto it.

It requires judges to order those convicted of illegally killing deer to pay restitution ranging from $300 to $10,000, depending on whether the deer has antlers and the size of the rack. The stiffest penalties are for poaching deer with antlers scoring more than 150 points on the Boone and Crockett antler scale.

The law also mandates community service ranging from 40 to 80 hours.

Paul Peditto, director of wildlife and heritage at the state Department of Natural Resources, says the restitution will be in addition to fines of up to $1,500.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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