CA: Seven men accused of illegally hunting pigs at night
Seven men accused of illegally hunting pigs at night
By Record Searchlight staff
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Seven men face charges of illegally hunting pigs at night after
Department of Fish and Game officers spotted the Tehama County hunting party
early Saturday morning using an airplane with night-vision equipment.
DFG officers were on patrol Friday night and early Saturday morning to catch
people illegally hunting at night, said Scott Willems, a patrol lieutenant
supervisor with the DFG.
A warden piloting a DFG Cessna 185 observed a vehicle’s headlights in a
remote location at Black Ranch west of Rancho Tehama and two DFG ground
units were called in to investigate, Willems said.
Wardens DeWayne Little and Jeremy Bonesio found ranch manager Cory
Loveland, 39, of Rancho Tehama with a group of men from the Auburn area
allegedly hunting at night, Willems said. Lupe Sisneros, 50, of Rancho
Tehama allegedly was assisting Loveland, Willems said.
Two more DFG units were called in as well as a Tehama County sheriff’s
deputy to bring the situation under control and take the men’s weapons away,
Willems said. Two dead pigs were found in the area.
Willems identified the five other men as Michael Cuneo, 43, of Newcastle;
Michael Lambott, 48, Benjamin Walberg, 22, Daniel Walberg, 53, and Jay Gysen,
60, all of Auburn.
DFG officials will submit a report to the Tehama County district
attorney’s office for the possible filing of charges.
In addition, Loveland, a former Oregon resident, faces charges of failing
to show hunting equipment on demand, illegal method of take by using a knife
to kill wild pigs, illegal use of lights to hunt at night, hunting without a
hunting license in possession and failing to obtain a California driver’s
license, Willems said.
Loveland claimed he was killing wild pigs that were damaging land at the
Black Ranch, Willems said.
The ranch manager didn’t have a permit to kill the pigs and also refused
to show wardens the gun he used to kill one of the pigs, a .454 Casull
revolver, Willems said.
Loveland told wardens he lost the gun after he killed the pig. One
firearm, several knives and the two dead pigs were seized as evidence,
The patrol lieutenant said illegal night hunting is “pretty common” and
that violators usually go after deer and wild boar.
“In order to combat the problem of night hunting, we’ll put up an
airplane that has night-vision equipment,” Willems said.
Wild pigs can cause extensive damage to ranch land and residential
property because the animals will root up the soil in searching for food,
“There is a legal way to deal with pigs doing damage,” he said.
People can get free depredation permits to protect their property from
wild pigs, Willems said. Contact the DFG’s regional office in Redding by
calling 225-2300 during normal business hours, he said.
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