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06-13-2002, 12:47 AM
Poached salmon costs man boat, $5,000 fine


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A 63-year-old man who poached a federally protected, 40-pound chinook salmon has lost his $6,000 boat and been fined an additional $5,000.
Charles Hildebrand of Mount Vernon wa caught poaching the big fish last July 11 by state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers.

Federal authorities, in coordination with state officials, imposed the fine for violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Fish and Wildlife officers seized Hildebrand's 16-foot boat last year and will keep it for use by officers conducting river patrols, the agency said.

Chinook salmon are federally protected as a threatened species. They are never in season on the Skagit River.

Hildebrand questioned whether chinook salmon are still threatened. He said he believes that government mismanagement has destroyed a heritage of sport fishing on the Skagit.

"There's something in this that's very unfair," Hildebrand said.