Homeless Man Gets Jail for Eating California Steelhead

“Various government agencies and conservation groups have spent millions of dollars rehabilitating Central Coast creeks in an attempt to improve steelhead habitat. ‘Each fish really counts,’ [DFG Lt. Dean] Hileman said. ‘We are talking about a species that is so critical that some subspecies are in danger of going extinct.'” David Sneed in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

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  • Jack Mack

    So very interesting that a homeless guy taking one fish is a much bigger crime than clearcutting entire watersheds, carving roads too close to sensitive runs, or dumping untreated gunk into water to kill fish by the thousands.
    Oh, for a second I forgot: the REAL crime is being poor. Sorry.

  • A-Nonymously

    I have heard from credible sources that the SLO report is incomplete and this man’s incarceration is also a result of a criminal record. I await more information but apparently there’s more to this than we are being told.

  • There isn’t a fish on this planet that valuable. If it gives the poor guy something to eat then so be it. His life is more valuable than any fish. And yes I am a fly fishing guide who has done the fly fishing thing for more than 25 years.
    Fish are never more important than people no matter what the issue.