Author: Venatic Reporters

Pa. Officials Convict Man Responsible for Death of Two Ear-Tagged Deer

HARRISBURG, PA (RELEASE)– The investigation into the origin of two ear-tagged deer euthanized recently in Elk County has resulted in a conviction. A 56-year-old Ridgway man pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to two counts of disturbing wildlife after reporting he’d handled the deer, saying both were wild and he tagged them in separate years while they were fawns. Fines and costs totaled $2,120.   RELATED: Two Suspicious Ear-Tagged Deer Test Negative for CWD   It is unlawful in Pennsylvania to pick up, take into captivity or otherwise disturb wildlife, or release any deer into the wild. Doing so can result in...

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Above Average Reports of EHD Among Tennessee’s Deer Population

NASHVILLE (RELEASE) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offices are receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of the reports are all indicative of hemorrhagic disease (HD). HD occurs at varying levels of severity each year in Tennessee’s deer herd. The catch-all term for this disease is hemorrhagic disease (HD), and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and bluetongue are the closely related viruses that fall under the umbrella of HD. So far this year, reports are predominantly coming from East Tennessee, and based on the volume of reports it appears to be...

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Pair of Ontario Men Fined for Illegal Deer Hunt

(RELEASE) – Two Sault Ste. Marie men have been fined a total of $2,000 for an illegal deer hunt. Cameron Tucker pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for unlawfully hunting deer without a licence and $500 for obstructing a conservation officer. Tucker also received a two-year hunting prohibition on top of a three-year ban for another hunting offence. Evan Thorne was fined $1,000 for unlawfully possessing an illegally killed deer. Court heard that conservation officers received a complaint of two men hunting illegally on St. Joseph Island. Upon investigation, it was determined that on Oct. 29, 2016, Tucker and...

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Oregon Man Pleads Guilty in Unlawful Mule Deer Case

(RELEASE) – In March 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division received information a local man had taken two mule deer bucks without a valid controlled hunt tag for the Southern Oregon unit where the deer were shot and harvested. Based on the verifiable information OSP was provided, Troopers from the Springfield Patrol Office applied for and obtained a search warrant to search the man’s residence in Veneta for additional evidence of the crimes. Troopers executed that warrant on March 24, 2017, seizing various deer parts, a scoped rifle, and ammunition. The investigation revealed Jason Brian Barker...

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Trophy Elk Euthanized After Wandering into CWD Management Area

HARRISBURG, PA (RELEASE) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a trophy bull elk that wandered south of Interstate 80 and into a chronic-wasting disease (CWD) management area was euthanized by an agency wildlife conservation officer to ensure it would not bring CWD back to the elk range. The 8- by 9-point bull has been submitted for disease testing, and results are pending. The elk had drifted outside of Pennsylvania’s Elk Management Area, a more than 3,500-square-mile area spread over parts of nine counties, and into Disease Management Area 3. The Game Commission established DMA 3 in parts of...

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