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Oklahoma trophy deer worth $5,000
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Killing a trophy deer in Oklahoma may cost a poacher $5,000 in the future.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a bill creating harsher penalties for illegally killing wildlife in Oklahoma and making financial restitution to the state mandatory.
As part of the law, state wildlife officials had to create a restitution schedule, setting a guideline for judges to determine an animal’s financial worth.
On Monday, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a wildlife restitution schedule which set the value of a trophy deer, bear, antelope, elk or mountain lion from $2,000 to $5,000.
Killing a hawk, bald or golden eagle or owl could cost a poacher as much $2,500 in restitution.
Restitution for any threatened or endangered species could be as much as $5,000 while turkeys were valued from $250 to $500.
Most trophy fish were valued at $100 but killing an endangered species of fish could cost the culprit as much as $5,000.
Paddlefish were valued at $18.98 per pound.