Oct 22, 2016, 16:01

Detroit archery range honors DNR officer killed in crash

DETROIT (AP) - An archery range in Detroit is being dedicated to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official who died in a plane crash while on duty last year. First Lieutenant Arthur A. Green III was district law supervisor for DNR’s District 9 in southeastern Michigan. He worked in the Detroit Customer Service Center, housed within the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. Green became a DNR conservation officer in 1996 after 10 years of service with the Detroit Police Department. He was involved with the transition of Belle Isle Park in Detroit to DNR management and played a role with the DNR Youth Conservation Academy in Detroit. The fatal plane crash happened Aug. 9, 2015, in Emmet County.

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Felony poaching charges over 6x6 Elko county elk

Poached elk

ELKO — The Elko County District Attorney’s office has filed criminal complaints against three Utah residents in the poaching of a bull and a cow elk in northeastern Elko County in October 2015. The charges resulted from a year-long investigation by Nevada Department of Wildlife and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources game wardens and investigators. NDOW game wardens witnessed the killing of a large bull elk at a time when there were no mature bull elk seasons open in the area. Wardens later contacted Amy Jo Summers, who had the Nevada elk, but she only held a Utah bull elk tag.

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Seven Men Plead Guilty for Illegally Harvesting and Selling American Eels

Between the dates of October 4 and October 6, seven individuals pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Portland, Maine, to trafficking more than $1.9 million worth of juvenile American eels, also known as “elvers,” in violation of the Lacey Act.

Yarann Im, Mark Green, John Pinkham, Thomas Reno, Michael Bryant and George Anestis each pleaded guilty to selling or transporting elvers in interstate commerce, that they had harvested illegally, or knew had been harvested illegally, in various East Coast states, including Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, among others.  Thomas Choi pleaded guilty to exporting elvers that he knew had been harvested illegally in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and elsewhere.

The guilty pleas were announced today by Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Director Dan Ashe of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  The pleas were the result of “Operation Broken Glass,” a multi-jurisdiction USFWS investigation into the illegal trafficking of American eels.


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Retired RCMP officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusk pleads guilty in U.S.

A trailer used in smuggling narwhal tusks is displayed by wildlife enforcement officers from Enviroment Canada in Dartmouth, N.S., in 2013. Gregory Logan from New Brunswick pleaded guilty in the U.S. to a smuggling case.

A trailer used in smuggling narwhal tusks is displayed by wildlife enforcement officers from Environment Canada in Dartmouth, N.S., in 2013. Gregory Logan from New Brunswick pleaded guilty in the U.S. to a smuggling case.

  (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo)  

BANGOR, MAINE—A retired RCMP officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. court to 10 money-laundering counts. Prosecutors said Gregory Logan, 59, of Saint John, N.B., smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle. Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 2.5 metres. They are protected by the U.S. and Canada.

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Additional ducks counted in largest poaching case in 25 years


Conservation Officer David Rogers counts the ducks taken after receiving a report of possible poaching Sunday morning.   (Photo: Becky Vargo, Grand Haven Tribune)

HESTER TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Local conservation officers call it one of the largest waterfowl poaching cases they’ve seen in more than 25 years. Fifty-eight mallards and wood ducks were confiscated in the Sunday morning incident - the second day of the duck hunting season that goes through Dec. 4 in the south zone of Michigan, according to the Grand Haven Tribune. Not only were the duck hunters well over the legal limit of how many birds they could take, they were also hunting over bait - which is illegal, according to Conservation Officer Ivan Perez. “The limit is six birds,” said Conservation Officer David Rogers. “Up to four of those can be mallards. Up to three of them can be wood ducks.” “But every one is illegal because they were luring them in,” Rogers said.

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Indiana officers use drones to aid in underwater searches

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When someone drowns in Indiana, conservation officer Jim Hash is tasked with finding the body. He's been called four times since July, including in August when 56-year-old David Fiege went missing while paddleboarding on Eagle Creek Reservoir. Without any witnesses to help — and with 2.3 square miles of water to search — authorities faced a tough challenge. With the assistance of a helicopter, boats and sonar equipment, Fiege's body was found within two days. Officials also relied on one particularly important tool: an ROV — short for underwater remotely operated vehicle — which functions like a submarine drone.

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Leamington fishing boat captain was ordered to pay $20,000 after he pleaded guilty to 24 commercial fishing violations.

Paolo Adragna pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of a commercial fishing licence and was fined $18,000. On Oct. 1, 2015, a conservation officer with the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit and port observer with the Lake Erie Management Unit inspected Adragna’s vessel the Kimmy Sue in Kingsville. The officer discovered and seized 76 yellow perch gill nets and a log book for further examination. The ministry said 40 of the gill nets had undersized mesh, a violation of Adragna’s licence conditions.

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Wildlife Field Forensics: Advanced Training for Wildlife Crime Scene Investigators


A practical training seminar designed for state federal and tribal wildlife officers and investigators will again be presented 9-11 May 2017. The topics covered by a team of experienced field orientated presenters include: decomposition stage analysis for time of death estimates, forensic entomology basics and collection protocols, wildlife human attack investigation techniques, field firearms and ammunition examination techniques, field necropsy lecture presentation and demo, the basics of forensic DNA analysis and tissue collection protocols, tire track and footwear impression evidence collection, crime scene documentation plus evidence collection and handling (includes scene photography), relevant case histories (tentative), and location and availability of resources for forensic analysis. The seminar will be structured similarly to the highly acclaimed courses given in Montana each spring since 2007, as well those hosted by Denali National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Mojave National Preserve, Blue Ridge Parkway, Parks Canada/Vancouver Island University, and California Department of Fish and Game. The seminars include lecture and hands on field exercises, plus scenarios. Each attendee will receive 28 hours of POST certifiable credits.


25 officers cycle from Saskatoon to Regina for Ride to Remember

RCMP Sgt. Shannon Haggarty hugs Luca Bourdages, son of slain Mountie Marc Bourdages. Cst. Bourdages and Cst. Robin Cameron, are just two of the 71 Saskatchewan officers being honoured during the Ride to Remember.

There are 25 officers from around Saskatchewan cycling from Saskatoon to Regina. The group departed from Saskatoon Police HQ on Friday morning. Sgt. Patrick Barbar expects the group will arrive in Regina late Saturday afternoon. They will attend a ceremony Sunday at the Legislative Building for National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Their journey — with a stopover in Watrous — will be more than 300 kilometres.





RCMP Sgt. Shannon Haggarty hugs Luca Bourdages, son of slain Mountie Marc Bourdages. Cst. Bourdages and Cst. Robin Cameron, are just two of the 71 Saskatchewan officers being honoured during the Ride to Remember. (Devin Heroux/CBC

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