Game Law Violations

Report from Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department officers are looking for information regarding the killing of a mature bull elk early on the morning of November 3, 2000. The killing occurred along Highway 180 about 11 miles past the Arizona Snowbowl Road turnoff, northwest of Flagstaff. Information received at the Flagstaff Regional Office that morning indicted the kill took place between 6- 8:30 a.m. Although the 5x5 bull had been shot multiple times, officers were able to salvage and donate the meat to charity because of the timely reporting by a concerned citizen.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700. A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information that leads to a citation being issued for the illegal killing.

Report from California

• Warden Olague, while assisting the Tuolumne Squad during the squirrel opener, contacted two archery deer hunters that had just shot and partially butchered a spike buck. After further investigation and assistance from Warden Mello, four suspects were cited for numerous violations, including unlawful take and possession of a spike buck, wanton waste, failure to tag deer as required and possession of firearms while archery hunting.

• Warden Naslund cited two men for the unlawful take of a redtail hawk, for the possession of two pheasants taken out of season and the wanton waste of a drake mallard. This case developed from an anonymous call from a citizen reporting that a hawk had been shot at the suspect's residence. Warden Naslund responded to the residence and was greeted by a four-year-old girl who said that her dad went fishing. The little girl informed Warden Naslund that her mom was busy and that he could just wait outside. Warden Naslund waited a little while and, of course, the woman never came out. Warden Naslund eventually left the residence and the woman took off to Evans Lake to warn her husband that a warden was at their house asking questions. It happened that a friend of Lieutenant Marty Wall was fishing next to one of the suspects at Lake Evans and, in a telephone conversation, told Wall that some gal was at Lake Evans yelling at her husband to come home and get rid of the "stuff" because some Fish and Game warden was snooping around. Wall called Fresno dispatch and Warden Naslund quickly returned to the residence. Arriving at the same time as the two suspects and through some clever interrogation, Naslund obtained a confession from both subjects. Ironically, Naslund had just cited one of the subjects a week before for hunter trespass.

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