A man, who has only been identified as "Roy", sent Washington State's Fish and Wildlife Department $6,000. He told the wildlife officials that he was trying to make reparation for illegally hunting deer between 1967 and 1970, reported Tree Hugger
According to Spokesman
, the man, who lives in Montana, was "burdened with guilt" and called the wildlife agency a few weeks back and explained what he had done so many years ago.
Capt. Richard Mann in Yakima told the man that penalties back in the late 1960s were $250; today the same offense is about $2,000.
“But I told him the crimes are well past the statute of limitations and no charges could be filed,” Mann said, reported Spokesman. The officer told Roy he could volunteer if he wanted to help, but being he now lived in Montana, that was not an option for him.
A few weeks later the state agency received a $6,000 check given as a donation to the agency's enforcement division.
“My conscience has not allowed me to put this sin to rest until now," Roy wrote in his note. "I know that God has forgiven me and hope that WDFW will as well.”
The agency was surprised.
“I was amazed,” Mann said. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear from people who are sorry for a wildlife infraction, but usually it’s because the judge stuck them with a big fine.”
The WDFW is tough on offenders, and has a Web page set up for reporting anyone violating laws
. In this case, however, it sounds as if perhaps Roy is forgiven.