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Sep 30, 2014, 10:49

Police In Maine Kill Man Brandishing Knife During Standoff; Game Warden Suffered Minor Cut

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

CHESTER, Maine — State police say troopers have shot and killed a knife-wielding man at the end of an hourslong standoff in Maine.

Spokesman Steve McCausland says residents reported a man was walking along Route 116 in Chester carrying a knife Saturday morning.

State police negotiators and members of the tactical team were called to the scene. The man cut a game warden with his knife, but the injury wasn't serious.

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District 4 Natural Resource Police Officers (from left) Zachary Mills, Joshua Toner and Marshall Richards examine illegally picked ginseng. The endangered roots were yanked out of the ground before the season officially began on Sept 1. The DNR says ginseng poaching is tied to the illegal drug trade.

Record Amount Of Poached W.Va. Ginseng Seized

Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

With enough ginseng roots to fill a conference room, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement revealed Wednesday the largest seizure of illegal ginseng in the state’s history.

Approximately 190 pounds of the lucrative root, prized in many parts of Asia for its natural healing qualities, covered the District 4 DNR Law Enforcement conference room floor and filled paper bags lining the room.

District 4’s Lt. W.W. Brogan III said, based on the average market value for a pound of ginseng in 2013, the seized “sang” is worth $180,000.
- See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140917/GZ01/140919317#sthash.QCuxeQHv.dpuf

With enough ginseng roots to fill a conference room, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement revealed Wednesday the largest seizure of illegal ginseng in the state’s history.

Approximately 190 pounds of the lucrative root, prized in many parts of Asia for its natural healing qualities, covered the District 4 DNR Law Enforcement conference room floor and filled paper bags lining the room.

District 4’s Lt. W.W. Brogan III said, based on the average market value for a pound of ginseng in 2013, the seized “sang” is worth $180,000.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140917/GZ01/140919317#sthash.QCuxeQHv.dpuf

With enough ginseng roots to fill a conference room, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement revealed Wednesday the largest seizure of illegal ginseng in the state’s history.

Approximately 190 pounds of the lucrative root, prized in many parts of Asia for its natural healing qualities, covered the District 4 DNR Law Enforcement conference room floor and filled paper bags lining the room.

District 4’s Lt. W.W. Brogan III said, based on the average market value for a pound of ginseng in 2013, the seized “sang” is worth $180,000.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140917/GZ01/140919317#sthash.QCuxeQHv.dpuf

With enough ginseng roots to fill a conference room, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement revealed Wednesday the largest seizure of illegal ginseng in the state’s history.

Approximately 190 pounds of the lucrative root, prized in many parts of Asia for its natural healing qualities, covered the District 4 DNR Law Enforcement conference room floor and filled paper bags lining the room.

District 4’s Lt. W.W. Brogan III said, based on the average market value for a pound of ginseng in 2013, the seized “sang” is worth $180,000.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140917/GZ01/140919317#sthash.QCuxeQHv.dpuf

Wisconsin Conservation Officer Struck by Car, Suspect Sought

Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

The Pierce County sheriff's office is looking for a man who struck a Wisconsin conservation officer with a car in the town of Isabelle on Wednesday afternoon.

The officer attempted to make contact with the man about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after seeing him outside a car that was parked facing the wrong direction on 560th Street south of Wisconsin 35.

Despite commands to stop, the man quickly entered the car and began to flee, striking the officer in the process, according to the sheriff's office.

The officer received minor injuries and did not seek immediate medical attention.

The car the suspect had been driving, a 2006 Chrysler 300 with Minnesota plates, was located a short time later in the Bay City Campground, but it was unoccupied.

A search of the area was unsuccessful, and the suspect remained at large as of Friday morning.

He's described as 23- to 30-year-old white male who was clean shaven with a bald head. He wore wire-rimmed glasses and a light-colored shirt, and was carting a blue cinch-type bag, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts or identity is asked to call the sheriff's office at 715-273-5051.

It'S Not Easy Wearing Green In New Brunswick'S Forests

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Jim Foster ON THE WATERS & IN THE WOODS

I ran into a conservation officer one day during a moose-scouting expedition, and he took a break from his duties for a bit of a chat.    Moose season is a busy time for New Brunswick conservation officers. After all, there aren't as many as there used to be,and their workloads are only going up at the same time that their numbers are going down.   

A few years ago the province divided our wardens into two groups: conservation officers (the guys who enforce game laws) and forest rangers (who take care of the trees, both live and dead ones). Let's pretend that there are 50 actual enforcement officers (I have no idea how many these days. I pulled that number out of my hat). That doesn't mean there are 50 in the woods at any given time. At any point in time, some conservation officers will be on holidays or doing paper work, in court, serving documents, off sick, enjoying a day off in lieu of overtime,taking a language course, having their computerized trucks fixed, learning how to work those newfangled computers in their trucks, or whatever.    It ain't easy wearing green.   

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.