Aug 31, 2015, 6:39

Oklahoma Game Warden Injured

Sunday, 30 August 2015 16:27


One suspect and a state game warden were injured when authorities attempted to serve a search warrant in a rural area near Macomb, Okla. on Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies in Pottawatomie County along with the state game warden were out serving the search warrant at a home in a remote area east of State Highway 102 on Red Earth Rd. when the suspect took off.


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Partial view of confiscated over limit sunfish and crappie fillets. Six licensed anglers from Indiana face nearly $3,400 in restitution and fines of about $1,000 each for being 676 fish over the limit on a Minnesota lake.

Six Indiana Anglers Caught With 676 Fish Over The Limit

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:22

Six licensed anglers from Indiana face nearly $3,400 in restitution and fines of about $1,000 each for being 676 fish over the limit on x licensed anglers from Indiana face nearly $3,400 in restitution and fines of about $1,000 each for being 676 fish over the limit on a Minnesota lake.

A Turn In Poachers (TIP) call on July 2 led conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to two cabins on Upper Cormorant Lake where the anglers had a bevy of crappies and sunfish. The legal limit is 10 crappies and 20 sunfish in possession per angler.


Two Arrested after Florda Fish and Wildlife Officer Shot

Saturday, 08 August 2015 22:04
PANAMA CITY — Two men are in custody after a state fish and wildlife officer was shot in an open-water gunfight, officials announced Friday night.
David Brady, a veteran officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was shot twice, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. One bullet passed through his clavicle and the other passed through his lower abdomen.
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Justin Knackstedt

Blaine Taypotat Gets 9.5 Years In Death Of Saskatchewan Conservation Officer

Monday, 15 June 2015 13:24

A 36-year-old man has received a 9.5 year sentence after hitting and killing a 23-year-old conservation officer with his vehicle in 2013.

Last year, Blaine Taypotat pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Justin Knackstedt, as well as impaired driving and criminal negligence causing death. Taypotat hit and killed the conservation officer while Knackstedt directed traffic on the highway.

The sentence was just shy of a 10 year sentence being asked by the Crown. Taypotat also received a 20 year driving ban. He will be given a 36-month credit for time already spent on remand.

Justice R.D. Maher said he believed the sentence should be on the higher end of the spectrum. He said there were a number of factors that led to his decision, including the fact that Taypotat's blood alcohol content was three times over the legal limit, the fact that he was under judicial orders not to drive or drink at the time and the fact that he fled the scene.

Before he was loaded into a police vehicle, Taypotat said he was sorry.

"I'd like to give my apologies to the Knackstedt family," he said. "I'm sorry for everything I've done ... I hope that you can move on with your lives."

One of Knackstedt's supporters shouted, "Sorry won't bring Justin back." Taypotat responded, "I know. Like I said, no matter how much time I do, or how many times I say I'm sorry, it's not going to bring him back."

Kevin Callele, the man responsible for the Ministry of Environment's enforcement arm, said Knackstedt's death was deeply felt.

"Justin was a close friend and a co-worker, and it impacted everybody throughout the ministry," Callele said. "We just hope today that the sentence that was given will bring some closure to the family."

Callele said the death was made harder considering Knackstedt's age.

"Justin was a young gentleman that was just starting his career," he said. "He had a passion for the outdoors, he had a passion for the work he did, and he was looking forward to a career in the ministry."

Knackstedt and his partner were driving to patrol nearby Blackstrap Provincial Park when they stopped to help direct traffic around a highway traffic accident.

Investigators believed Taypotat was driving between 96-115 km/h when he hit Knackstedt with his vehicle.

During sentencing arguments, defence lawyers entered a Gladue report, which said Taypotat had been a victim of residential schools and years of abuse and neglect.

Wildlife Field Forensics, Canadian Edition

Wildlife Field Forensics, Canadian Edition

Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:58

June 2nd-4th, 2015 Vancouver Island University Nanaimo, BC

Topics covered by field-oriented presenters:
GPS for evidentiary use (Tony Latham)
Firearms evidence (Tony Latham)
Digital/electronic forensics (TBA)
necropsy basics (Helen Schwantje)
decomposition for time-of-death analysis (Carleen Gonder)
Forensic entomology for time-of-death (Gail Anderson)
DNA analysis (Rick Jobin)
Marine decomposition (Gail Anderson)
Practical case history (TBA)

Registration; http://conferenceregistration.viu.ca
Conference Poster http://naweoa.org/pdf/2015/Wildlife%20Field%20Forensics%20Poster%20Canada.pdf
Conference Instructors http://naweoa.org/pdf/2015/Wildlife%20Field%20forensics%20Instructors%20&%20Seminars%20Canada.pdf