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Large Wisconsin deer poaching investigation nets 5 arrests

Nov. 16, 2019 12:01 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a monthslong investigation into a large deer poaching case in southwestern Wisconsin has resulted in the conviction of five men. State Department of Natural Resources officials estimate that as many as 40 deer were killed before the suspects were arrested. Warden Shawna...

Man who illegally bought tiger rug gets 1 day in jail

Nov. 13, 2019 4:19 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man who illegally bought a tiger skin rug years after being told it was a crime to do so has been sentenced to one day in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that 62-year-old Loren Varga was also sentenced to two...

Authorities seek info on buck poached near Corvallis

Nov. 10, 2019 1:39 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife authorities are investigating the poaching of a mule deer buck in southwest Montana. KECI-TV reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Justin Singleterry says the case involves a 4x4 buck that was found poached east of Corvallis in the Bitterroot...

2 men accused of illegal hunting, investigation ongoing

Nov. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department says two men have been accused of illegally shooting a buck deer. The department says the men, whose names weren't released, were found in Middlebury unloading and field-dressing the deer, which was shot in Cornwall. Their weapons and pickup...

Missouri man sentenced for illegal hunts in Nebraska

Nov. 4, 2019 12:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Missouri man has been fined $25,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution for hunting illegally in Nebraska. Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Rodney Owen, of Blue Springs, Missouri, also was sentenced Friday in Omaha to serve five years of probation for trafficking wildlife in...

Collins proposal to crack down on wildlife poaching OK'd

Nov. 2, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bill designed to protect endangered species that was authored in part by Maine's Republican senator has passed the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon authored the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act as part of an effort to...

Utah officials seeking information on illegal killing of elk

Nov. 2, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

ESCALANTE, Utah (AP) — Authorities are seeking information on the illegal killing of a bull elk along State Route 12 west of Escalante in southern Utah in late October. The state Division of Wildlife Resources says the elk likely was shot between Oct. 19 and Oct. 22 and that officials suspect the shooter...

2 Colorado hunters fined, killed moose near its 2 calves

Oct. 31, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials have fined two hunters after saying they illegally killed a moose beloved around town. The Denver Post reports that 67-year-old Susan Boyles was charged Thursday with hunting on private property without permission and unlawful take of wildlife after killing a moose...

6 arrested for illegal hunting in Foster County

Oct. 31, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota are reminding people it's illegal to hunt on property without the owner's permission. The Foster County Sheriff's Department says it arrested six out-of-state hunters on Oct. 28 for hunting in an unharvested cornfield without permission from the owner....

South Dakota man gets probation in wildlife trafficking case

Oct. 30, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man will serve two years on probation for guiding illegal hunting trips on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A federal judge sentenced Everett Thomas MacKaben Jr. of Whitewood on Monday. The judge ordered MacKaben's hunting privileges revoked during his probation. MacKaben...