Aug 30, 2016, 14:53


On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at around 12:40 a.m. a California Fish and Wildlife Warden was on patrol on Redwood House Road in Carlotta, when he observed a vehicle and persons engaged in spotlighting deer. The F&W Warden attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle when a person who was in the rear of the vehicle opened fire on the Warden. A vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspects crashing the vehicle off the road. The suspects fled into the woods and disappeared.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation along with the District Attorney’s Office. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and DA’s Office learned through their investigation that 24 year old Shawn Eugene Hof Jr. was one of the suspects. The Sheriff’s Office has obtained a $500,000 Ramey Warrant for Hof’s arrest.

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Conservation officers dedicate patrol boat to former law chief

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mi (WPBN/WGTU)-- Every sailor knows the importance of giving their ship a good, solid name.  That's why conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources came together in Sault Ste. Marie to christen one of their life saving patrol boats.  For three years, the patrol boat has remained nameless as it worked to save lives along the Saint Marys River and Great Lakes.  After Wednesday morning's christening, it is proudly known as the David Jones.

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Man arrested after fleeing conservation officers and crashing on dirt trail in Concord

CONCORD — A Concord man was arrested after crashing his car while being chased off road Sunday by state Fish and Game conservation officers, the Department of Fish and Game said.
Jonathan Benedict, 30, was cited for off-highway recreational vehicle offenses, driving offenses and drug-related offenses, the department said in a statement.

The department said conservation officers were patrolling the powerlines off Garvin Falls Road in Concord when they saw a car illegally operating off road early Sunday afternoon.
When an officer tried to get the driver to stop, the driver took a trail leading into the woods. He accelerated when he approached a sand pile, cleared the pile, but crashed into a ditch.

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Eight bears put down in Revelstoke

Fruit and garbage are bringing bears into the town of Revelstoke, leading to a number of frightening encounters with the large mammals and a number of bear kills, including one in the downtown this week.

Since Aug. 1, there have been 40 reports of bears in Revelstoke.

“Typically, spring and fall are the high volume seasons for bear calls, but it seems earlier than last year,” said Dan Bartol, a conservation officer based in Golden. “The problem started escalating Aug. 1.”

With the increased volume of calls, Bartol started working out how to reduce the hazard and mapping out hot spots.

“The attractants are fruit and garbage and the extent of the problem is very discouraging.”

Bartol has had to put down eight garbage-habituated bears in Revelstoke this week, including one very public shooting. Another bear was destroyed because it was suffering from a serious injury.

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Conservation Officers Arrest Marengo Man, Recover Stolen Jewelry

(CRAWFORD CO.) - Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Marengo man Thursday after receiving a report of a burglary.

Police arrested 27-year-old James Richard Raines on charges of burglary, theft and possession of meth.

While off duty, Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley received a phone call from a distraught citizen who had returned home from vacation to discover her house near Leavenworth had been burglarized.

She discovered that someone had broke into her safe and some heirloom and recently purchased jewelry, food, and fireworks had been stolen.

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Multiple Subjects Indicted For Wildlife Crimes In Ohio

On August 4, 2016, State Wildlife Officers from the ODNR Division of Wildlife served an arrest warrant on Robert Mandon Freeworth, 36, of Grand Rapids, Ohio. The arrest stems from a long-term investigation dubbed Operation North Coast that was closed March 2016 when more than 45 state wildlife officers and investigators executed search warrants and conducted interviews with dozens of subjects. 

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Tribute To First Maine Game Wardens Killed In The Line Of Duty


Photo by Michelle Woods

Bangor Daily News - EAST MACHIAS, Maine — The story of two Washington County cousins — Lyman Hill and Charles Niles — is the stuff of legends. It’s a 125-year-old tale that begins with the men tracking poachers on horseback through the Maine woods for 10 days and ends with their deaths during an armed showdown at a remote logging camp, killed in an argument over a dog.

Their murders in 1886 were the first killings of members of the Maine Warden Service and likely the first of any game wardens in the country, according to Maine Warden Service Maj. Gregory Sanborn.

“Shot by Shackers,” an old term for poachers, screamed the November headlines of Bangor’s Whig and Courier newspaper 125 years ago after Hill and Niles were killed.

On Tuesday morning, 40 people, including Maine game wardens, state troopers, Washington County sheriff’s deputies, schoolchildren, legislators and the 89-year-old granddaughter of one of the victims, gathered alongside the East Machias River to recall Hill and Niles and their sacrifice in the line of duty.

“We haven’t forgotten them,” Warden Joe McBrine said before the ceremony.

Col. Joel Wilkinson of the Maine Warden Service and McBrine related the following story about what happened to Hill and Niles :

Hill, 47, of East Machias, a farmer, joined the newly formed Maine Warden Service upon his return from the Civil War. Having lost an arm in battle, Hill had trouble managing a team of horses so he deputized his cousin Niles, just 25, of Wesley. For 10 days that November, the two men had been tracking two poachers — Calvin Graves, 43, and James McFarland, 57, of Hancock.

On Nov. 8, the two wardens came across Graves and McFarland at a logging camp near Fletcher Brook, about 45 miles north of Machias. The poachers were well equipped with a horse-drawn wagon full of camping supplies and a dog. Hill notified the men that hunting deer with dogs was illegal and said he and his cousin had observed the men chasing deer with the dog the day before. Graves refused to surrender his dog to the wardens and when Hill started to remove his coat to seize the dog, Graves raised a double-barreled shotgun. He first killed Hill with a blast to the neck and then swung around and killed Niles.

The hunters then fled the scene, but the entire incident was witnessed by 16-year-old Ira McReavy of Whitneyville, who had been at the logging camp awaiting his father. Once alerted, local deputies and hundreds of citizens from Machias to Bangor formed a posse and pursued the two men. Six days later, tired of hiding in the woods in below-freezing weather, McFarland surrendered to police, but it would be a full year later before Graves was arrested after being found in California.

“Legend has it,” Warden McBrine said Tuesday, “that Graves escaped by dressing as a woman and boarding a train in Bangor.” McBrine said that Graves made the mistake of sending a postcard to a friend in Washington County who called authorities. The wanted man subsequently was tracked to Oakland. He confessed to the killings upon his arrest, but claimed self-defense.

In court proceedings, McFarland was acquitted of all charges, while Graves was sentenced to life in prison.

The killing of the wardens heightened a controversy at the time that judges were not taking Maine’s game laws seriously.


Game Wardens make big catch on illegal fishing

Texas Game Wardens make a big catch after two young men bragged on Facebook about how many fish they caught and illegally kept.

This picture was posted on a local fishing group Facebook page by one of the men. As you can imagine, other anglers quickly noticed how many fish there were in the picture and reported the two men to Game Wardens.

The very next day, Game Wardens made contact with those two men and handed them 11 citations in total, one for fishing without a license and the rest for each fish over the limit.

Each ticket carries a fine up to $500, plus the two men will have to pay civil restitution on each fish.

By Priscilla Torres

Game Wardens issue 11 citations to 2 men for keeping fish over their limit

Drowning doesn't look like drowning

 The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach.

If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that's all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water.


If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that's all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water.

"I think he thinks you're drowning," the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar.

"We're fine; what is he doing?" she asked, a little annoyed.

"We're fine!" the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard.

"Move!" he barked as he sprinted between the stunned boat's owners.

Directly behind them, not three meters away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, "Daddy!"

How did this captain know -- from 20 meters away -- what the father couldn't recognize from just three?

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