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VA: Two Men Convicted of Hunting in the Shenandoah National Park

March 3, 2010

Two Men Convicted of Hunting in the Shenandoah National Park

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Two Page County men have been convicted of hunting in the Shenandoah National Park.

Park rangers say the men were charged in November when they were found in tree stands just yards away from the park boundary in the area of the Skyline Lakes development.

The two separate tree stands were built facing the park and were located less than 15 yards from the park's edge.

On February 2, Christopher F. Housden and Christopher G. Jewell were fined and banned from all National Park and National Forest lands in the Western Judicial District of Virginia for two years. Officials say the location of the tree stands, testimony and evidence found indicated the men intended to take wildlife from within the park.

The men face up to a year in jail. They may also have to forfeit any weapons or vehicles used during the commission of the crime.

The Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries also charged the men with state hunting violations.

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