OK: Violations of Oklahoma wildlife, game and fish regulations and laws, can be expensive
November 30, 2013
From Associated Press
TULSA, Oklahoma — The Tulsa World reported Saturday that a yearlong
study found nearly 250 wildlife cases filed in Tulsa, Rogers,
Wagoner, Washington, Pawnee, Osage, Okmulgee and Creek county
district courts between Nov. 1, 2012, and Oct. 31.
does not include charges of fishing or hunting without licenses.
People caught fishing or hunting without a license can also purchase
a temporary 30-day license while in the field for $50.
Gomez, a Tulsa County game warden, said he only writes citations for
the most egregious cases and handles other incidents with warnings,
selling temporary licenses and administrative fines.
want to stop the poaching; we're not trying to put financial strife
on families," said Gomez.
The greatest number of cases, 67,
were filed in Osage County District Court, more than one-fourth of
the total cases in the eight-counties. Osage is the state's largest
county, with many rural areas, so there is more opportunity for
people to commit violations, said Paul Welch, one of four game
wardens who patrol the area.
"Headlighting," also called
"spotlighting," is the most dangerous violation he sees, Welch said
in reference to the practice of hunters using vehicle headlights to
spot deer and shooting out of the vehicles' windows.
shooting in the dark," Welch said. "They don't know where they're
shooting or what they're shooting at."
included possession of deer not legally taken and the unlawful sale
of whitetail deer racks and skull plates. Each conviction resulted
in fines and fees totaling more than $1,000.
were 7,128 game warden contacts during the past year, said Micah
Holmes, information supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation. The total includes warnings, citations
issued, administrative fines and temporary licenses sold.
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