Georgia wildlife officers delivered the catch to a local family in need after an extraordinary animal seizure.
According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division spokesperson Mark McKinnon, a pair of fisherman were ticketed after catching 88 bass over the permitted limit in the Coosa River. The daily limit for bass on the Coosa River is 15, according to McKinnon.
A game warden monitoring a section of the Coosa River in Floyd County observed two fisherman and spoke with them, according to WSB-TV. Then he noticed the large catch of striped and white bass that the fishermen had caught, according to the site.
Floyd County courts will assess the fines for the 88 fish caught, according to McKinnon. The game warden also grabbed the packet of fish.
Instead of being thrown away after being taken, the bass was donated to a family in Floyd County.
McKinnon stated that game wardens are aware of families in need or groups that assist those families in their communities.
Donations of confiscated wildlife aren’t limited to fish. Wardens can donate any wildlife confiscated from illegal harvesting, according to McKinnon, as long as the animal can be given to someone before it spoils.
Citations for exceeding the limit are quite common, but the 88-fish catch is “very high in comparison to other cases” and isn’t typical, according to the prosecutor.
Floyd County is located on the Georgia-Alabama border, approximately 80 miles northwest of Atlanta.
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