Oct 6, 2015, 20:12

Illinois Department of Natural Resources to lay off officers.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:47

 By the end of the month 20 Illinois Department of Natural Resources conservation police officers and 13 trainees will be laid off due to cuts due to the state budget.

Of those 33 officers, 25 are veterans, many of which have combat experience.

One officer in a county near Knox County said the layoffs will only further weaken response time and services provided by CPOs, as several counties already don’t have a designated officer, including Knox. This officer asked not to be named for employment reasons.

“Anytime you have budget cuts to these types of services there is the potential for safety issues,” the officer said. “There’s also the potential for poaching, where if someone knows they aren’t being regularly checked.”

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Deer-trafficking Scheme Nets Record $1.6 Million Fine

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:32

The largest fine and restitution for a wildlife crime in U.S. history, $1.6 million, has been ordered in an Ohio case involving trafficking in whitetail deer.

Benjamin N. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., was sentenced in U.S. District Court for violations of the Lacey Act, a 115-year-old federal wildlife-protection law.

Chason’s fine and restitution is the largest ever levied against an individual in a wildlife case, according to U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart’s office. The sentence was unsealed on Monday. The money has already been paid.

Chason and co-defendant Donald W. Wainwright Sr. of Logan County trafficked in live white-tail deer for hunts, court documents show. Wainwright owned hunting preserves in Logan County and in Florida called Valley View Whitetails.

Wainwright “illegally shipped deer to Florida from Ohio and attempted to ship deer to Georgia from Ohio. The herds involved with these shipments were not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease, tuberculosis and brucellosis. Federal law requires interstate shipments of deer to be certified disease-free; because the deer in the present case were not certified as disease-free, herds (both captive and wild) in Florida were potentially exposed to these diseases,” court records show.

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Damien Verheyden (left) and Gerard Visneskie (right) pose with two black bears.

Fish And Wildlife Officers Bust Prolific Poachers

Sunday, 04 October 2015 12:57

On September 28, 2015, Sophie Goupil and Gerard Visneskie pleaded guilty to a wide variety of poaching charges in Stony Plain Provincial Court. Sophie Goupil received a fine of $16,000. Gerard Visneskie received a fine of $34,000.

In addition, both Goupil and Visneskie are prohibited from hunting or accompanying others who are hunting for eight years and fishing or accompanying others who are fishing for two years. They are also required to report any change of address and any possession of wildlife or fish to Fish and Wildlife Officers.  In addition, they are subject to comprehensive limitations on where they can be in possession of weapons for eight years.

Salmon Poachers Thwarted By Off-Duty Fish And Wildlife Officers

Monday, 14 September 2015 11:44

A relaxing day off turned into a surprise work day for two fish and wildlife officers.

Justin Roebothan and another officer decided to go fishing Aug. 31 at the Bottom Brook near Lewisporte.

When the two officers arrived at the fishing spot, they saw two people who appeared to be illegally poaching salmon.

"They were corralling the fish that were held up there behind the beaver dam out into the open where they could access them," said Roebothan in an interview with the Central Morning Show.

Even though the incident came on their day off, Roebothan says it was second nature for them to do something to stop the poachers.

"We observed them for a couple minutes and after we saw what we needed to see, we decided to intercept the individuals and proceed with laying charges."


"There was a short foot pursuit, but they gave up pretty quick," says Roebothan.

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