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Jan 20, 2017, 21:57

Louisiana Wildlife Agent Shot Five Times

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MOREHOUSE PARISH, Louisiana -- The doctor feels "very positive" about the condition of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent who was shot Saturday, according to a post from his father. Wheeler posted an update about his son Tyler's condition following a visit with him and his doctors. One of Tyler Wheeler's doctors was "very positive and excited" with how the agent was recovering, according to Darren Wheeler. Doctors are working to determine how much one of Tyler Wheeler's lungs was damaged, David Wheeler wrote. The lung "may have been hit by the bullet or trauma from the bullet" resulting in it becoming partially deflated, he added. Tyler Wheeler will have surgery on his jaw Sunday, David Wheeler wrote. David Wheeler ended his post thanking everyone for their prayers ("They are working," he wrote), the response from the department of Wildlife and Fisheries and other law enforcement, and the governor. Gov. John Bel Edwards reached out to the family, David Wheeler wrote, calling Tyler Wheeler's sister, Hayley.

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Fish & Wildlife officer's truck window shot out in Wolfe County

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildfire is looking for the person responsible for shooting out the back window of state patrol vehicle that belonged to one of their officers. Investigators say the window of the officer's patrol vehicle, a 2016 Ram pickup truck, was shot out around 3:30a.m. on Sunday. The truck was parked at the Breathitt County Conservation Officer's home in Wolfe County. No one was in the truck at the time of the shooting and no one was injured. Investigators say the suspects ran off after the shooting. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildfire officers arrested Jerry Shepherd during their investigation. He was arrested in Magoffin County. They say Shepherd was in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a large sum of cash. Shepherd was booked into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on drug charges. Investigators do not know if Shepherd's arrest is connected to the shooting.

Maine Warden Service graduates five new game wardens

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduated 61 new police officers on Dec. 16 in Vassalboro. Of those 61 officers, five were Maine game wardens. From left are Game Wardens Taylor Valente, Kayle Hamilton, Megan Miller, Lauren Roddy and Camden Akins, and Kyle Franklin. Because of limited BLETP class sizes, Franklin will enter the academy in August 2017.

 

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduated 61 new police officers on Dec. 16 in Vassalboro. Of those 61 officers, five were Maine game wardens. From left are Game Wardens Taylor Valente, Kayle Hamilton, Megan Miller, Lauren Roddy and Camden Akins, and Kyle Franklin. Because of limited BLETP class sizes, Franklin will enter the academy in August 2017.

VASSALBORO — The Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduated five new Maine game wardens on Dec. 16, according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service. A total of 61 new police officers, which included the five game wardens, graduated from the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Among the many topics the officers studied were crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, firearms proficiency, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Florida man caught illegally fishing tased 3 times by FWC officer

POHOKEE, Fla.A Pahokee, Florida, man caught illegally fishing  was tased three times Friday night during his arrest by an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC, according to an arrest report. Derrick Lee Williams, 31, is facing charges of battery on an officer, violating an FWC rule or order and resisting an officer with violence. He is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail. It’s the second time this month that Williams has run into problems with the FWC. Williams was arrested Dec. 14 by the FWC after he allegedly fled while being questioned by an officer about using a cast net to fish off the Highway 441 Bridge in Canal Point. Williams avoided being tased by the officer in that incident after he stopped running and complied with orders, police said. He is facing a charge of resisting arrest without violence.

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'Turn In A Poacher' Receives Hundreds Of Tips

 Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) is a non-profit conservation organization that protects Indiana fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.  A poacher is a thief who illegally steals wildlife that belongs to each Indiana citizen. Poachers rob licensed, ethical hunters and fishermen from recreational opportunities they bought through license fees. Estimates indicate that poachers kill as much fish and game as legitimate hunters and fishermen.

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Fined For Selling Wild Turkey Eggs

A Sarnia man, caught selling wild turkey eggs online, has been fined $1,200. Gregory Freer pleaded guilty to selling game wildlife without a licence in provincial offences court in Sarnia December 9. The court heard that Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers investigated a social media ad listing wild turkey eggs for sale. On May 25, 2016, a conservation officer met with Freer, who sold the officer four wild turkey eggs that had been removed from the wild. Justice of the Peace Marsha Miskokomon heard the case. It is illegal to sell, offer, barter or trade fish and wildlife unless authorized to do so by licence or bylaw.

 

Couple charged in runaway cheetah case near Creston, B.C.

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A cheetah is seen near Creston, B.C. in this undated handout photo. Two people have been charged more than a year after a cheetah was spotted wandering the snowy roads in southeastern British Columbia. The B.C. Conservation Officers Service says Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato have each been charged with one count of possessing an alien species without a permit, which is an offence under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, B.C. Convservation Officer Service *MANDATORY CREDIT* 

CRESTON, B.C. - Two people have been charged more than a year after a cheetah was spotted wandering the snowy roads in southeastern British Columbia. The B.C. Conservation Officers Service says Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato have each been charged with one count of possessing an alien species without a permit, which is an offence under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation. RCMP in Creston, B.C., have said the large cat was spotted along Highway 3A on Dec. 17, 2015, and a witness told police the animal was wearing an orange collar.

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Reality show focused on N.H. Fish and Game to premiere in 2017

A Fish and Game officer lifts a menacing snake by its tail. A black bear groans from its perch in a tree. North Woods Law: New Hampshire will premiere on the Animal Planet channel next year, and it promises plenty of wildlife – from loons and raccoons to deer, and even alligators – according to a two-minute preview posted to Facebook this week. “Being a game warden is very different than any other law enforcement,” one Fish and Game officer says, as footage plays of a skunk being lowered into a yellow, plastic container with a set of tongs. “This is like the wild west of New Hampshire,” another officer adds. The reality show tracks state conservation officers and wildlife biologists as they work to enforce laws, maintain animal populations and rescue lost hikers. Filming began in May and ran through November. It’s not clear when exactly the show will premiere or how many episodes will run. A call to Animal Planet was not returned by press time.

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Southern Ontario conservation blitz leads to 81 charges against deer hunters

Conservation officers laid 81 charges against deer hunters during a recent Southern Ontario enforcement blitz.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry did compliance checks in November and the first week of December in Chatham-Kent, Norfolk, Oxford, Middlesex, Elgin, Lambton and Essex counties. The ministry said most of the 1,800 hunters the officers met were complying with regulations. But officers did issue 111 warnings and 81 charges for offences including failing to wear orange while hunting, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, failing to immediately attach a game seal to a deer, trespassing to hunt, hunting without a licence. Two people were arrested for night hunting and shooting from a vehicle, and another person was arrested for possessing firearms while prohibited.

Conservation Officers deliver 3,300 pounds of meat to charities

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South Peace Conservation officers delivered 3,300 pounds of illegally hunted game to food banks across the region this hunting season.   Photograph By Facebook 

 

Sure beats a can of creamed corn.  This hunting season, Conservation Officers in the South Peace supplied more than 3,300 pounds of fresh game to charities in need—including cuts of elk, deer and moose. Most of the game comes from hunters who report accidental kills, according to Blake Parker of the Conservation Officer Service.  “It could be a self-report or a violation we’ve come across where wildlife is seized and the person is not able to keep the meat,” he said. “We take it to a meat cutter and it’s distributed from there.”  “For the food banks it will already be cut and wrapped. All they need is freezers. We don’t want to see it going to waste.” A number of food banks in the area are registered to take donations of game, while other cuts of meat are donated to local First Nations bands.

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