WA: Agents close in on Kittitas poaching suspects
Last updated November 27, 2008 4:15 p.m. PT
Agents close in on Kittitas poaching suspects
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- State wildlife officials say they have
identified five suspects in a string of poaching incidents in Kittitas
County in Central Washington.
The case involves the killing of at least eight mule deer and three
elk for their antlers, with their carcasses left to rot.
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Mike Sprecher says the poaching
case is "at the top of my list" as the worst he's seen.
Sprecher says search warrants were served on the suspects Monday
night. They are from Kittitas and Yakima counties, and are ages 18 to
Sprecher says the suspects face possible charges of closed-season
deer and elk hunting, spotlighting of big game, wastage of wildlife, and
hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle.
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