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Two Arrested For Illegally Shooting 25 Antelope in Nebraska Field

Two Arrested For Illegally Shooting 25 Antelope in Nebraska Field

Monday, 23 November 2015 14:51

Two people have been arrested in connection to the killing of 25 antelope near Broadwater in Morrill County.

Taylor Mueller, 24, and Brent Hoerler, 21, confessed to the killings after an anonymous tip pointed the investigation to them.

During the week of November 12, Game and Parks received reports of dead antelope in a winter wheat field northeast of Broadwater. Conservation officers investigated.

They found 25 adult and fawn antelope that were shot and left in the field. Some of the animals were dragged off the field and hidden in tall grass.

“Individuals involved with this crime have blatant disregard for wildlife and wildlife laws,” said Sean McKeehan, a conservation officer investigating the case.

Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak said both men could now face charges including hunting out of season, spotlighting, and wanton waste, with charges for each animal.

If convicted punishment could include $1,000-$5,000 fines per animal, loss of their hunting and fishing licenses, loss of the firearms they used, and additional penalties that could include jail time and more fines.

Mueller has bonded out of jail and will be in court again on December 16. Hoerler has not yet bonded out. If he does not, he will in court on December 2. If he also bonds out, he will also appear on December 16.

Nebraska Game and Parks Seeks Information on 25 Illegally Killed Antelope

Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:01

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information involving the killing and wanton waste of 25 antelope. The antelope were illegally shot and left lay near Broadwater in Morrill County.

During the week of Nov. 12, reports of dead antelope lying in a winter wheat field northeast of Broadwater were investigated by Nebraska conservation officers. The investigation revealed 25 adult and fawn antelope that were shot and left in the field. Some of the animals were drug off the field and hidden in tall grass.

“Individuals involved with this crime have blatant disregard for wildlife and wildlife laws,” said Sean McKeehan, a conservation officer investigating the case.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627 or call Conservation Officers McKeehan at 308-279-9133 or Jim Zimmerman at 308-641-6138. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward. Wildlife Crimestoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals involved in the case.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks 24-Hour Game Stop Nabs 147 Violations

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 21:23

WHITE LAKE — Dead pheasants were flying from a vehicle cruising down the interstate.

Tossed out the window by a couple of hunters, the birds were over the limit wildlife evidence obtained recently by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.

For 24 hours from Sunday to Monday afternoon, GF&P and a collection of other agencies conducted a game stop on an Interstate 90 rest area, just east of the White Lake exit.

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Chief Conservation Officer Doug Forsdick, Conservation Officer Jason Hawkes, and Environment Minister Mary Polak are seen in Victoria this month during a ceremony where Hawkes was honoured.

British Columbia Conservation Officer Jason Hawkes Honoured

Monday, 23 November 2015 14:55

Nelson conservation officer Jason Hawkes has received a lifesaving commendation for his role inrescuing a family from sinking boat near the Kaslo village campground on June 30.

“Our guys in the field help people all the time,” Hawkes said, after receiving the award at thelegislature this month. “To see recognition for that is a great thing.”

Hawkes was working on Kootenay Lake when he overheard the RCMP requesting assistance. Afamily of four was in a sinking boat.

“Conditions on the lake were very windy and wavy,” the citation reads. “When Hawkes heard theonly assistance available to help rescue the family wasn’t scheduled to depart from Kaslo Marina forabout 20 minutes, he decided to head in the direction of the incident.”

Farm Conservation Officers On P.E.I. Won't Have Guns

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 21:34

The P.E.I. government says environment officers assigned specifically to agricultural issues will no longer wear a uniform or carry firearms. 

Environment officials said the move follows concerns raised by industry representatives and a successful pilot project that took place over the summer.  

Island conservation officers have carried firearms to protect themselves and others since 1999. But farmers complained guns aren't needed to deal with agricultural issues.

As part of the pilot project, which started in May, one of the Island's 10 Conservation Officers worked unarmed and in plain clothes when dealing with farmers.

Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Robert Mitchell, has now announced a new Agriculture Environment Officer unit will be set up within his department.

The office will be staffed by a full-time officer and three seasonal officers to respond to agricultural-related questions and concerns. They will not carry guns or wear a uniform.


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British Columbia Conservation officers A Thin Green Line

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 21:31

VICTORIA – The B.C. government declared the first Conservation Officer Day on Nov. 4, to recognize the 110-year history of the service that started out as mostly volunteer “game wardens.”

This is overdue recognition for what is essentially a police force that only receives public notice when a bear or cougar has to be killed to protect people.

The ceremony at the B.C. legislature included awards. Chief Conservation Officer Doug Forsdick presented long-service medals and two commendations for lifesaving.

One was to CO Jason Hawkes, who rescued a family of four from their sinking boat on Kootenay Lake last June. He reached them in rough, windy conditions when they were waist-deep in water, far from shore.

The other went to CO Andrew Anaka, for rescuing an angler from an overturned boat, whom he found “extremely hypothermic” at the base of a cliff at a lake near Powell River on Jan. 22. A second angler didn’t make it to shore.

An exemplary service medal went to CO Micah Kneller, who caught up with Fort Nelson RCMP officers and paramedics on Sept. 6, as they treated a hunter who had been attacked by a grizzly in a remote area. As darkness fell, Kneller found a second injured hunter, got the group together, built a fire and assisted until a rescue helicopter from CFB Comox lifted the hunters out at 3 a.m.

NDP environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert had a couple of things on his mind at the event. He relayed a report from the B.C. Government Employees’ Union that there has been a 10 per cent cut in CO staff since 2002.

Not so, replied Environment Minister Mary Polak. The number has “hovered around 148” in that time, she said, including seasonal staff for peak hunting and fishing periods.

Polak said extra investment has gone into trucks that serve as mobile command centres, so people aren’t sitting in offices waiting for the phone to ring. They patrol more and respond faster, which can be vital.

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