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Last Updated: 4/21/06

 

Case Solved

 

Buck shot and left   Another buck shot and left
1 of 4 bucks that was shot and left late at night
 
Another 1 of 4 bucks that was shot near same loaction

 

HONDO VALLEY DEER POACHERS PLEAD GUILTY AND END UP WITH JAIL TIME
CASE HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR STRONG ANTI-POACHING LEGISLATION

 

 

Two men charged with the poaching four deer in the Hondo Valley in early December pleaded no contest to those charges in Lincoln County Magistrate Court .

 

Justin McDaniel, 21, and Christopher Kramer, 21, both of Alamogordo, were arrested earlier this month on charges of illegally spotlighting and killing four deer in the Hondo Valley of southeastern New Mexico.   McDaniel and Kramer were both charged with four counts of unlawful killing of deer, four counts of spotlighting, and one count of unlawful possession of deer by investigating District Wildlife Officer Ben Byrd.   

 

McDaniel was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 1,578 days of unsupervised probation, and paid $1,743 in fines and court costs. Kramer was sentenced to 14 days in jail, 1,624 days of unsupervised probation, and paid $893 in fines and court costs.

The investigation into this case was aided by a tip to Operation Game Thief, (800) 432-4263, in which callers can remain anonymous and can earn cash rewards if information leads to charges being filed.

 

  "This case is an example of how the Department is focusing intently on stopping a statewide problem," Game Commission Vice-chairman Tom Arvas said. "With programs like Operation Game Thief, increased patrols, and our new Anti-poaching Strike Force, we're putting poachers on notice: We won't tolerate people who disrespect our wildlife."

 

Keep those tips coming! Anyone that wishes to report poaching may do so by submitting a Operation Game Thief Confidential Report.

 

 

 

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