GA: Large civil penalties for Washington County land owner
Large civil penalties for Washington County land owner
Submitted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
April 22, 2009 02:28 pm
- ATLANTA - The Commissioner of Natural Resources issued Administrative
Orders to Washington County landowner Mr. Jens Brynteson and Mr. David
Kilgore of Madison County.
The orders impose civil penalties of more than $70,000.00 on Mr.
Brynteson and penalties of $2,000.00 on Mr. Kilgore for numerous violations
of Georgia's Game and Fish laws discovered during an 18-month investigation
and subsequent search warrant findings. Additionally, the Commissioner
issued Administrative Orders authorizing seizure of fallow deer herds, red
deer herds and Mouflon sheep on two properties owned by Mr. Brynteson...
Further, Department officials issued 29 misdemeanor citations to Mr. Kilgore
for violating Georgia's trapping laws.
The violations include multiple counts of possessing regulated wild
animals without authorizing licenses and surrendering regulated wild animals
to individuals who do not possess authorizing licenses. Moreover, it was
discovered that he was moving farmed deer from one property and placing them
in a high-fence shooting pen on a different property. These movements raise
concern regarding questionable required health certifications.
"Not only are these types of 'canned hunts' illegal in Georgia, the
shooting of farmed deer and sheep for sport in staged hunting venues serves
no legitimate role in wildlife conservation and is not supported by the
majority of Georgia's citizens," said Forster. "These types of unethical
activities threaten the use of fair chase hunting as an effective,
cost-efficient management tool in Georgia and erodes the existing public
support for legal hunting.".
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