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Bill to crackdown on illegal hunting in New York State signed into law

Posted: 4:12 PM, Nov 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-22 16:12:51-05
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NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced Friday a bill has been signed into law to crackdown on illegal hunting in the state.

The bill increases the penalty for those who hunt, trap, or fish after having their license suspended or revoked.

The new penalty is a misdemeanor and those caught could face up to 90 days in jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

“Currently, hunting with a suspended license is a violation under the law and is not considered a strong enough deterrent in preventing this illegal activity,” said Senator Gallivan. “By increasing the penalty, we hope to reduce or eliminate such instances to better protect those sportsmen and women who care about our environment, abide by the rules and respect the law.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill this week, it will take effect in May 2020.