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Pair of Missouri Poachers Face Jail Time, Nearly $20k in Fines

PRATT, KS (Release) – Hunter BOTTCHER, 20, Otterville MO, and Samuel Hawieson, 20, Sedalia MO appeared in the Pratt County District Court on October 24, 2017 where they each pleaded guilty to seven separate Kansas wildlife violations, including Criminal Hunting, Hunting with the Aid of Artificial Light, Hunting with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle, Illegally Taking Trophy Big Game Deer, Hunting without Valid Deer Tags, Taking Wildlife after Legal Hours, and Illegal Ammo for Taking of Big Game. The defendants were sentenced to sixty days in the Pratt County Jail, suspended, and placed on a twelve-month supervised probation....

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After Killing Two Pack Members, Washington Officials Suspend Action Against Wolf Pack

OLYMPIA (RELEASE) – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has ended efforts to remove members of a wolf pack that has shown no sign of preying on livestock in Stevens County since late July. Responding to repeated predation by the Smackout pack on area livestock, state wildlife managers trapped and killed two members of the pack between July 20 and July 30, then suspended its operation to assess the need for further action. Since the removal action, the department has found no evidence that wolves have preyed on area livestock, and has not taken further action against...

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Oregon State Police Acquire Photographic Evidence of Poaching Suspects

(RELEASE) – The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals that were caught on camera on private property. The subjects were contacted and told they were on private property in Morrow County. After the photo was taken, at least 3 elk were illegally killed between September 16 and September 23 and much of the meat was left to waste. Troopers believe the two subjects in the photo were involved in the illegal taking of the elk and waste of the animals. There is believed to be a third person...

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Wyoming Officials Looking for Help in Solving Two Elk Poaching Cases

GREEN RIVER (RELEASE)—Wyoming Game and Fish Department Green River Game Warden Gary Boyd is seeking information to solve two elk poaching cases that occurred in Elk Hunt Area 31, Little Mountain, between October 4 and October 6. “The first elk discovered was a cow that was shot and left on the east side of Little Mountain, south of Rock Springs,” Boyd said. “The cow elk had a GPS collar on it and was collared as part of the D.E.E.R Project going on in the area.” Warden Boyd believes whoever shot this elk may have been scared they did something...

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Oregon State Police Looking for Information About Poached Bull Elk

Last weekend officials with the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division were notified of a dead bull elk on the Silvies Valley Ranch property in central Oregon. Discovered by an employee of the ranch, OSP officers responded immediately and uncovered the animal that appeared to have been shot by a high-powered rifle and left to waste during the state’s archery season. As a result of this finding, OSF and the Oregon Hunters Association is offering rewards to those with any information that will lead to the issuance of a citation or an arrest made in the case.  Available...

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