CA: Five San Francisco residents plead guilty to poaching operation
June 14, 2012
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Five men from San Francisco will pay
$12,855 in fines after pleading guilty this month to participating
in a poaching operation in Glenn County.
entered their guilty plea in Glenn County Superior Court.
Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens caught Zon Chu, 56; Howard
Lai, 43; Kenneth Wong, 29; Jiale Yu, 43; and Chi Wong, 34, illegally
hunting wildlife on a private ranch in western Glenn County near the
Mendocino National Forest in October 2011.
The men admitted
to poaching wildlife on the property, owned by Chu, for more than 10
years. Although the property is owned by Chu, wildlife living on it
or crossing through it belong to all Californians.
wardens Steven Martignoni, Tyson Hulse and Jake Olsen moved in and
discovered seven subjects covered in blood and a camp strewn with
dead animals including deer, wild hog, rabbits and a western screech
owl. A further inspection of the property revealed evidence of a
long-standing poaching operation.
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