Law enforcement officers say they've caught some hunters who took
out of state clients on illegal hunting expeditions. Wednesday Federal
agents raided several places in northern New Mexico.
Officers carry out all sorts of antlers from sierra taxidermy in
Espanola even a stuffed big horn sheep is taken out of the building.
The raid comes as part of a big federal investigation.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife in conjunction with the New Mexico
Department of Game and Fish are in the process of issuing eight warrants,
some in New Mexico and some in one other state within the U.S."
The other state is Virginia. according to court documents, guides
in Espanola were paid money by residents in Virginia to take them
on illegal hunts.
One man paid 29-hundred dollars to the guides when he killed an
elk and oryx but none of the hunters bothered to getting New Mexico
The hunters are even accused of making their illegal kills without
even getting out of a vehicle. Some bull elk carcasses were found
here in Valles Caldera National Preserve and an agent went under
cover on a hunting trip as part of an in-depth investigation that
started well over a year ago.
"Given the magnitude of the warrants it is significant, a lot
of work has gone into preparation at this point."
U.S. Fish and Wildlife says it couldn't comment tonight in great
detail about the investigation, but the agency hopes to have more
details on this case on Thursday.
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