Sep 20, 2014, 15:00

Wardens Using Man's Best Friend to rack Down Poachers

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. -Sniffing dogs are new new tools in fighting wildlife crime in Kansas.

Ruby, a 2-year-old chocolate Lab and Australian Shepard mix, is a hunting dog. But this hunting dog tracks down poachers. She is one of four canines used to help Kansas game wardens.

Chris Stout, Sumner/Harper County game warden, said Ruby will search property for gun powder, or human scent.

"What she'll do is run out there, make quick work of it, when she alerts you can miss it she stands up, looks at me and barks," Stout said.

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Pensylvania Conservation Officers help track State Trooper Killing Suspect

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Dense forest surrounds the state police barracks at Blooming Grove in Pike County. Somewhere among the thick oaks, sugar maples and white pines, police believe Eric Frein could be hiding.

To find him, they've enlisted the help of wildlife conservation officers specially trained in tracking humans through rugged terrain.

Police suspect Frein, 31, of ambushing two state troopers Friday with his .308-caliber rifle as he hid in the forest near the barracks. Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, 38, of Dunmore, was killed at the scene and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, was seriously wounded.

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Texas Game Warden Dragged, Man Arrested

Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

An off-duty game warden trying to arrest a shoplifter was dragged by the suspect’s car and thrown off in a parking lot, a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department says.

Officers were called to a theft in progress and spoke to the game warden, whose injuries were not life-threatening.

Officers were told the license plate number, and they found the car at the residence listed for it.

However, the suspect ran when he saw police and the chase went on for some time.

He was finally caught in the 1200 block of Eighth Ave. and arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a public servant.

The game warden was treated and released from the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

Cougar Sighting Upsets British Columbia Residents

Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Carol Walton spotted a cougar on her family's property near Beaver Creek and Grigg Road on Sunday at 7 p.m. Her two dogs were anxiously barking at what she thought was a black bear. After noticing that it was a mountain lion, Carol hurried back to her house and alerted her son, Kirk.

"I've been here 50 years and I've never seen [a cougar]," Carol said, adding she believes the number of cougars in the area has been increasing lately. "But I always knew they were around."

Horses act differently, as if prepared to flee, when a cougar is in the area, she noted.

Carol had been volunteering as a horse riding coach for the Alberni Valley 4-H Clubs on Sunday. The youth participants, as young as nine years old, were out practicing their equine handling skills until 5 p.m. that evening - just two hours before the cougar showed up, Carol said.

Bronson and Minty, Carol's Belgian shepherd and miniature schnauzer, were barking anxiously in the twilight. Some wild predator was out there.

"I told them to get the bear," said Carol, who had chased off a black bear from their property a week earlier. "The dogs were having an absolute fit."

They were barking differently and leaping up, she noticed. From her animals' behaviour she looked closer and saw that it wasn't another bear. This particular creature was more aggressive. Carol recalled quickly leaving with her two dogs. "You have to give a cougar a lot of respect," she said.

The Beaver Creek resident jogged up the road and told her family about the encounter. Her son Kirk then went to have a look around.

"It was pretty traumatized from the dogs," Carol said, adding she's certain the cougar isn't coming back. "I'm not worried about it."

Thomas Pigeon has been fined $8,000 for possessing two muskox and a wood bison that were illegally hunted in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Illegal Bison, Muskox Hunts Get Reality Show Founder $8K Fine

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

The founder of a hunting reality show is being forced to pay an $8,000 fine for possessing two muskox and a wood bison that were illegally hunted in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

In March of 2003, Thomas Pigeon came north to hunt muskox in Nunavut and wood bison in the Northwest Territories for his hunting adventure show, Canada in the Rough.

But the hunters drove their vehicles too close to the animals so they were easier to kill.

Five years ago someone tipped off the Ontario government about mounts brought back to the province, and wildlife investigators seized video footage of the illegal hunt.