CA: 3 charged with poaching deer in Yosemite
3 from Riverside County charged with poaching deer in Yosemite
August 25, 2009
Three Riverside County residents face multiple federal felony and
misdemeanor charges of illegally hunting deer within Yosemite National Park.
A National Park Service release said Chad Gierlich, 37, Chris Gierlich,
35, and Kyle Narasky, 35, have been poaching trophy-sized bucks within
Yosemite's boundaries for several years.
An interagency investigation conducted by Yosemite rangers, California
Department of Fish and Game wardens and special agents from the park
service's Pacific West Region led to the charges.
Search warrants issued resulted in the seizure of items, including bows
and arrows and mounted kills.
"This is the most egregious case of illegal hunting we have uncovered
here in Yosemite National Park," said chief Ranger Steve Shackelton. "We
take this very seriously and will continue to aggressively investigate and
prosecute anybody found to be partaking in this activity."
The defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in the next few
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