Since You Asked: Elk poachers usually must pay restitution

That article about the people poaching elk near Glendale really fries me, and I hope the $10,500 reward helps get them caught.

When the courts throw the book at these Bozos, don't the poachers have to pay some sort of fine directly to the state as well?

­— Darren D., via e-mail

Yes, Darren, judges who sentence Bozos busted for poaching Oregon's wildlife generally add restitution payments directly to the state of Oregon.

Since wildlife are owned by the state, the payments are considered restitution similar to payments thieves must make to their victims to compensate for their losses.

The current value of an Oregon elk is $1,500, says Michelle Dennehy from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Wildlife Division.

If you think that's low, Darren, then you'll have to talk to your state legislator about that. The values are set by the Oregon Legislature.

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