The fines for poaching in Missouri could be getting a lot steeper.
State lawmakers are debating a bill that would increase fines from a few hundred dollars to $15,000.
House Bill 260 set the number for poaching a wild turkey or paddlefish as high as $1,000.
If it’s a white tailed deer, the fine would be up to $5,000.
And poaching a black bear or elk could cost as much as $15,000.
The bill has been approved by the House and is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate.