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AL - Three charged in illegal hunting on GP Island

Three charged in illegal hunting on GP Island

By Hollice Smith
The Daily Sentinel
Published January 16, 2008

Three people have been arrested on three charges each involving night hunting on Goose Pond Island in Scottsboro.

The charges are hunting deer at night, hunting without permission and hunting by aid of a motor vehicle.

If convicted on all of the charges, the minimum fines will be $1,350 plus court costs and subject to condemnation of vehicles and guns involved, according to Lt. Jim Kirkland of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Law Enforcement Section.

He said the arrests came after Scottsboro Police Officers Dustin Garrison, Stephen Miller and Lt. James Keller responded to a gunshot on Goose Pond Island.

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Law Enforcement Section was notified and Conservation Officers Kirkland and Allen Yates responded.

After an investigation, it was determined that two individuals had been night hunting. Officers also learned there had been a third individual involved, who had fled into the woods

Names of the three are not being revealed because the charges they face are misdemeanor charges.

Night hunting is not only expensive when people are caught, but also dangerous, according to Kirkland, who said at least one occupied home was shot into last year by night hunters.

“Just about every year, livestock get shot by night hunters when they are mistaken for deer,” Kirkland said. “We will continue to work on Goose Pond Island when we have time. I know that Scottsboro Police Department patrols that area often because we have seen them several times while we have been working there at night.”

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