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WDFW Enforcement is divided into two patrol sections, Marine and Land, although responsibilities often overlap and the two sections commonly assist each other. The following are real life events that provide a snapshot of fish and wildlife enforcement activity in Washington State. These examples show the diversity of issues that Fish and Wildlife Police Officers ("Game Wardens") encounter while protecting your natural resources, but are by no means all encompassing of our many accomplishments. All violations are considered alleged unless a conviction has been secured.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Highlights

Felony Spree Killing Charges Filed Against Three Springdale Residents
Charges were recently filed against three people alleged to have been involved in the killing of three moose. The moose, a pregnant female and two yearlings, were killed at the same time in the same area by three persons using one rifle. The charges are felonies, and a $4,000 civil penalty for each animal attaches upon conviction. There also are pending gross misdemeanor charges related to the same situation.

Over 600 lbs of meat was seized in the investigation, and delivered to a food bank which is a common practice in wildlife cases when fresh meat is seized. The persons charged will make their first appearance in court soon.

New Reality Show?
Officer Bolton provided back-up to the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and White Salmon Police Department for a fight in progress at the Eagles Club in Bingen. Two subjects were reportedly fighting, with one of them threatening to use a gun. Upon arrival, two bloody men were separated. Turns out, the combatants were the groom and best man in a wedding that was about to take place.

Officer Bolton assisted with witness interviews and then located a dead doe in the bed of the best man’s truck. Fortunately, the subject provided a ceremonial tribal deer permit to cover the animal’s possession, and the two rifles in the vehicle were unloaded.

In the meantime, the bride-to-be had to be ordered away from the scene, as she was yelling at all of the witnesses. The groom was booked for domestic violence. And the wedding? Canceled – for now.

The Black Mamba Strikes
While patrolling in the Bridgeport area, Officer Day observed two men hidden in the brush, fishing near the city boat launch on the Columbia River. He was able to move within a few feet of the heavily intoxicated subjects, and watched them trout fishing during closed season while shooting at coots with a slingshot as the birds swam by.

One of the subjects was identified as “Black Mamba” by the name on the basketball jersey he was wearing. The Black Mamba was heard saying, “Wouldn’t it be _______ (messed) up if the game warden was standing right above us video tapin’ n’ _______ (stuff)?” The Black Mamba then laughed so hard he could barely light his marijuana pipe. It was at this point that Officer Day emerged from hiding and took both men into custody. Both subjects were issued citations for fishing trout and hunting coots closed season.

Dope Poacher
Officer Martin assisted Captain Schlenker and a Sheriff’s Deputy with a deer-poaching investigation in Cowlitz County near Woodland. The 19-year-old suspect had moved out of his home in order to set up a medical marijuana grow and live off the land. His parents would not allow him to have the grow at their home. He constructed a camp on Longview Fibre timberlands, where he had been illegally cutting down trees. He was contacted, confessed, and cited for killing the pregnant doe with a .17 HMR.

Felons and Firearms
For some reason the Wenas Wildlife Area attracted a lot of armed convicts last week. In one instance, Officers Peterson and Scherzinger checked a pickup coming out of the shooting area. The two occupants admitted to target shooting and told Officer Scherzinger their .357 was under the bed liner, an unusual spot for a firearm. But the driver was cited and released for not having a Discover Pass. A short time after breaking contact it was found that the two men were both convicted felons and not allowed to possess the gun. The firearm and the boxes of spent shells were taken as evidence and reports will be sent to the prosecutor for charging.

Off-Road Folly
Officer Martin responded to a lands violation on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area in Randle. The violator drove his SUV past ecology blocks and a posted marker onto the designated walk-in area, only to get buried up to his axles. The driver tried in vain to get unstuck, but it was hopeless. Officer Martin contacted the 25-year-old driver, who immediately became indignant. Eventually, the driver settled down and cooperated with the investigation. A Glenoma towing company assisted with the vehicle recovery at the owner’s request. The driver was cited for the lands trespass violation.

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  2. This is better than "Wild Justice" on TV Book Um Danno!

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  3. Truth is stranger than fiction. You just can't make some of this stuff up.

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