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Pennsylvania joins interstate wildlife violator compact

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has signed a measure that enrolls Pennsylvania in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact which prevents those convicted of poaching in other states from being able to lawfully hunt in Pennsylvania.

The action provides reciprocity with 37 other states for revocation of hunting and fishing privileges because of court action.

Pennsylvania is "banding with other states in a united front against convicted poachers who steal from all citizens, most especially, law-abiding hunters," according to Carl Roe, Game Commission executive director. By signing Senate Bill 1200 into law, Gov. Rendall cleared the way for the state to join the compact.

"Once we complete the administrative step to join the compact, someone who has lost his or her hunting license privileges in one state for a poaching conviction will lose hunting license privileges in Pennsylvania, as well as in all states that are members of the compact," Roe explained. "In addition, individuals convicted of poaching in Pennsylvania will lose their ability to lawfully hunt in the 37 other states that are members of the IWVC."

Pennsylvania sportsmen widely supported the bill. Previously, Pennsylvania was one of 13 states that had not joined the compact. Combined with Act 54 of 2010, the recently enacted law increases fines and penalties for poaching.

Pennsylvania has taken important steps to shed its reputation of being viewed as a poacher's paradise, Roe said. "Those who are found guilty of breaking poaching laws in one state will no longer be able to lawfully hunt in Pennsylvania until they have paid their due."

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