MO: Five Year Missouri Poaching Case Against 46 Ends Tuesday, April 25
14 May 2013
By Candice Davis, InfoZine.com
Cape Girardeau, MO - infoZine - The Missouri Department of
(MDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently
wrapped up a major special investigation involving 46 individuals
that began in 2008.
Operation “Pulling Wool” came to a close on April 25 with a final
conviction in Federal Court. The last defendant charged in the
operation was found guilty by a United States Magistrate in Cape
All 46 defendants were found guilty by trial or
plea in Federal Court for hunting deer with the aid of dogs on U.S.
Forest Service property. The defendants paid a total of $67,425 in
fines to the federal court for their actions. Another six defendants
were charged with nine total violations in state court in Ripley
County. These defendants paid a total of $1,909 in fines and court
costs. The combined fines and costs paid by the defendants was
$69,334. Additionally, hunting privileges of all the defendants were
revoked for periods of one to three years.
began in the fall of 2008, when the MDC’s special investigation unit
set up an operation targeting illegal poaching activity that was
occurring on the Mark Twain National Forest in Ripley County.
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