The potential penalties for poaching depend on the jurisdiction in which the poaching occurs. Different states and the federal government have different penalties for poaching. In some jurisdictions, poaching is punishable by a fine, a ban from fishing in certain waters and jail time. Poaching of endangered species may be considered a felony.
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