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Authorities nab 14 for illegal hunting practices

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Authorities say they have arrested 14 people in southwestern Illinois for illegal hunting practices after an undercover investigation that lasted two-and-a-half years.

Complaints from law-abiding hunters prompted the poaching investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Charges against the 14 arrested include unlawful possession of game mammals and possession of Illinois threatened species.

Officials say southwestern Illinois has a national reputation for trophy deer, which attracts poachers as well as legal hunters.

The agency's investigation is continuing. People with information about violations are urged to call the Target Illinois Poachers hotline at 1-8-7-7-2-D-N-R-LAW.

(The Target Illinois Poachers hotline is 1-877-2DNRLAW or 1-877-236-7529.)

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