Author: Bruce Billingsly

$4,000 in Fines for Men Who Jumped on the Back of a Swimming Moose

  Two British Columbia men who made headlines in the summer of 2014 when they released a YouTube video depicting a boatload of passengers approaching a swimming moose and then jumping on its back have been charged for their actions. Bradley Dale Crook and Jaysun Allan Pinkerton, both of Fort St. John appeared in a Fort Nelson court last week and pleaded guilty to one count each of harassing wildlife. The incident, which took place on Tuchidi Lakes in Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park was called “the ultimate form of harassment” by B.C. Conservation Service officer David Vince. The...

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NorCal Hunter Attacked by Mountain Lion While Coyote Hunting

  Concealed atop a small hilltop on the edges of Mono Lake, a northern California hunter called in more than just the coyotes he was targeting late last week. The unnamed hunter was lying face down while mimicking the sound of a rabbit in distress – a common tactic used by coyote hunters – when he heard something approaching him from behind.  California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan went on to say that suddenly the hunter peered over his shoulder and found a mountain lion stalking him. Acting purely out of instinct, the hunter quickly covered...

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Ohio DNR’s ‘Operation North Coast’ Results in 55 Charges, Jail Time for Poachers

  Concluding in March 2016, a long-term investigation known as Operation North Coast targeted poachers and other wildlife law violators throughout four northwest Ohio counties. More than 45 state wildlife officers and investigators vigorously executed search warrants and investigated dozens of suspects, resulting in 55 charges for violations spread across 22 suspects in total.  The program was initiated after multiple complaints from landowners, sportsmen and women as well as the general public regarding illegal taking and sales of wildlife. Of the 55 violations, 38 of the charges, which included seven felonies, led to guilty convictions, resulting in nearly $22,000...

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Another Captive Deer in Pennsylvania Tests Positive for CWD

  A second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in just a three month period in the state of Pennsylvania.  The fatal disease was once again discovered within one of the state’s captive breeding facilities, which have come under fire as of recent. As concerns continue to mount surrounding the disease, agencies, hunters and wildlife advocates are pushing for more regulation on deer farms across the United States.  The other deer that tested positive only three months ago also resided on a captive deer farm. Attacking the brain of infected animals, the subject deer died in January...

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NY Poacher ‘Prosecuted to the Full Extent of the Law’ for Shooting Conservation Officer

  New York State Conservation Officer James Davey was shot in the pelvic region last fall while investigating reports of illegal hunting activity while crossing a cornfield in Gallatin, New York. Davey is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries after requiring surgery after the incident.  Lt. Liza Bobseine was patrolling with Davey that evening and it was her quick actions in the field that saved the 39-year-old’s life. The accused, 55-year-old Alan Blanchard, pleaded guilty to accidentally shooting the officer in Columbia County Court last week and is currently awaiting his sentencing hearing at the end of April.  He...

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