Mar 5, 2015, 2:30

Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Deer Trafficking

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:35

COLUMBUS – Donald W. Wainwright Sr., 49, of Live Oak, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to 12 charges related to violating the Lacey Act, one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud.

Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Greg Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, United States Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, Chief Scott Zody, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

According to court documents, Wainwright illegally trafficked in live white-tailed deer.  Wainwright owned hunting preserves in Logan County, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida; both preserves were named Valley View Whitetails.  Wainwright illegally shipped deer to Florida from Ohio and attempted to ship deer to Georgia from Ohio. The deer herds involved with these shipments were not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease, tuberculosis and brucellosis. Federal Law requires interstate shipment of deer to be certified to be disease free.  As a result, deer herds in Florida were potentially exposed to these diseases.  Wainwright’s attempted shipment to Georgia was intercepted on I-71 South, about 50 miles from the Ohio River, when Ohio Wildlife officers noticed deer noses and antlers inside a cargo trailer and pulled over a truck driven by Wainwright’s employees.

Game Commission Ranks Replenished

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:34

Wildlife Conservation Officers graduate as part of Ross Leffler School of Conservation’s 30th Class.

Pennsylvania has gained 25 new Wildlife Conservation Officers.

Following 51 weeks of intensive training, the 30th Class of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation graduated Saturday during a ceremony at Susquehanna Township Middle School.

The graduates were commissioned as officers, and have been assigned to their new districts.

During the ceremony, graduates were recognized for achievements in the areas of academics, marksmanship, physical fitness, driving skills and leadership.

WCO Graduate Jason Wagner received the class award for academics, with a score of 98.6 percent. The class’ average score was 92.7 percent.

Wagner also received the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course driving award.

WCO Graduate Jared Turner was honored with the marksmanship award, scoring 634 out of a possible 700 points.

WCO Graduate Matthew Johnson was selected as the fitness award winner for maintaining the highest standard of physical fitness during the 51-week training program.

And, WCO Graduate Brandon Pfister was chosen by his classmates to receive the “Torch Award for Leadership.”

Presidential Taskforce Releases Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:05

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Recognizing that wildlife trafficking is an urgent conservation and national security threat, the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Justice and State today released the implementation plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The agencies are Co-Chairs of the President's Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking which comprises seventeen federal agencies and offices.


The implementation plan builds upon the Strategy, which was issued by President Obama on February 11, 2014, and reaffirms our Nation’s commitment to work in partnership with governments, local communities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to stem the illegal trade in wildlife.  


Incorporating recommendations from the Secretary of the Interior’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, the framework will guide and direct new and ongoing efforts of the Task Force in executing the Strategy


Upon release of the implementation plan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said, “Poaching and illegal trade in wildlife have long been a threat to species ranging from elephants to tigers, but they have escalated into an international crisis in the past decade as demand has grown and organized crime has discovered how lucrative this trade can be. We have reached a pivotal moment where we must take effective action or risk seeing iconic species go extinct in the wild. With this national strategy, we are taking the steps needed to both shut down illegal trade, including raising awareness and support through our trade agreements, while helping source countries crack down on poaching.”

This Department of Lands and Forests photo of game wardens from left McIntosh, Jewers, Buchanan and Jackson, was taken in October 1935 during an inspection trip. It may have been taken in the Liscomb Game Sanctuary or the Tobeatic Game Sanctuary.

Winter Is Perfect For Perusing Old Tales Of Game Wardens

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

 I’ve learned from experience that for most wilderness canoeing enthusiasts, there are three seasons: cool early spring for the eager, black fly and mosquito time for the foolish and the colourful fall for the tenacious.


Winter is thus the best time for perusing maps, chatting with fellow paddlers and planning trips, and certainly doesn’t lack the occasional longing for an outdoor scene without slush, sleet, wet snow, hail, freezing snow, ice pellets or freezing rain.

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British Columbia CO, "Assistance key in lake rescue"

Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

22 hours wet on shore

A conservation officer, who police say was instrumental in the rescue of a hypothermic man on the shore of Khartoum Lake, said the credit should go to those who assisted him.

“I realize that the RCMP give me a lot of credit here, but really there was a whole lot of people who had something to do with saving this gentleman,” said Andrew Anaka, BC conservation officer.

Anaka helped locate a 53-year-old man on Thursday, January 22, after two men were reported overdue from a fishing trip in Powell River’s backcountry.

Police contacted Anaka at about 9:30 am requesting help to locate the men.

“It’s not our mandate in the conservation service to be involved in search and rescue, but this time of year I know where people like to fish,” said Anaka in an interview with the Peak.

Read the complete story at Powell River Peak

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Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Conservation Officer'S Death

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

The man who killed a 23-year-old Saskatchewan conservation officer while driving drunk has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2013 collision.

Blaine Thomas Taypotat, 35, appeared Thursday in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench, where he also pleaded guilty to drunk driving causing death.

Conservation officer Justin Knackstedt died after he was struck by an SUV on May 31, 2013, while helping RCMP direct traffic at the site of a prior collision south of Saskatoon.

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