VIDEO: Delaware's wildlife better protected by new law

A new law safeguards Delaware's most precious natural resources.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

Delaware joins forces with the majority of states in the nation by becoming a member the interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (WVC).

"We now have the authority to hold people accountable who contaminate our land and water, who just think they're going to leave it to the state to clean up the mess," says Gov. Markell.

Using the interstate WVC, Delaware can now punish hunters who commit the most outrageous crimes against wildlife be it through poaching or illegal hunting and trapping.

"For anybody, considering a crime against wildlife, not only will they risk losing their privileges in our state, but also in 39 others," says Governor Markell.

The law means Delaware is no longer a safe haven for illegal hunting. Democratic State Rep. Trey Paradee, who also hunts, is a sponsor of the measure.

"We're going to know that they're a violator, and we are not going to issue them a fishing or a hunting license," says Paradee.

The environmental law adds no new restrictions to hunters.

"If you're a law abiding hunter, and you've been doing things the right way, nothing's going to change for you," Paradee says.

The law has support from both Delaware Ducks Unlimited and the Delaware Nature Society.

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