Poaching

Game warden catches poacher via dating app

An Oklahoma woman looking for love got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly shared her exhilaration about illegally shooting a “bigo buck” on a dating app with a state game warden. Oklahoma Game Warden Cannon Harrison said he uncovered the poaching in a conversation on Bumble with a McIntosh County woman. She talked about using a spotlight to…

Arizona man found guilty of deer poaching in Iowa

Nicholas Slater of Glendale, Ariz., was found guilty following a trial on Feb. 12, 2018 for charges related to poaching a whitetail deer. The poaching incident occurred at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs on Nov. 19, 2016. Slater was found guilty on seven charges, including hunting on a game refuge, not having a valid nonresident hunting license and…

Exhibit puts focus on worldwide poaching

The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement (known as The Mob Museum) in Las Vegas opened several new displays last week, including one on the international trade in poached wildlife. I volunteer at the museum during winter months and I found the new exhibit fascinating. You might ask what poaching has to do with organized crime? Actually, quite…

Jail time, loss of hunting privileges, more than $30,000 in reimbursement for Michigan deer poacher

An Allegan County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching as the result of an investigation by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Colton Anderson, 22, of Plainwell was sentenced Jan. 18 in Allegan County 57th District Court to 60 days in jail, $30,250 in reimbursement to the state and the loss of hunting privileges for seven years. The…

Another gray wolf illegally shot and killed in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police say another gray wolf has been illegally shot and killed in northeastern Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a female breeding member of the Chesnimnus pack known as OR-23 was discovered dead on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Wallowa County. Officials believe the animal was fatally shot either that previous Sunday or Monday. OR-23 was wearing a radio tracking…

Three Vermonters charged in deer poaching incident; one previously convicted of 24 fish and wildlife crimes

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)DANVILLE, Vt. – Three Barnet, Vt., individuals were recently arrested and charged with multiple counts related to a nighttime deer poaching incident. Carl Sanborn, 47, and his son Jonathan Sanborn, 20, allegedly shot with a bow and arrow at a deer decoy on the night of Saturday, Oct. 21. The decoy was placed by Vermont State…

Poachers get jail time, fines for killing deer in Kansas

PRATT, Kan. — Two 20-year-old Missouri hunters have been sentenced to 60 days in county jail and ordered to pay $18,200 in fines for poaching deer in Kansas. Pratt County Attorney Tracey Beverlin said in a news release that Hunter Bottcher, of Otterville, Mo., and Samuel Hawieson, of Sedalia, also must pay $4,361 in restitution. The two pleaded guilty earlier…

Pennsylvania man sentences for assault, poaching

Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced recently in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop Garlock’s vehicle during a poaching incident in 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 18. Huntingdon County President Judge George…