DNR Reports, Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2013

Published 7:52 am Monday, January 21, 2013

Two men were recently cited by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division for several violations, including taking this gopher tortoise, which is a protected species.

Wildlife rangers in southwest Georgia reported the following incidents for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 12:

On January 12th, Sgt. Rick Sellars and RFC Tony Cox conducted a waterfowl patrol to address waterfowl hunting violations. The rangers issued six citations for hunting without a license and hunting without a Georgia waterfowl license.

On January 12th, RFC Tony Cox responded to a complaint of someone shooting Gopher Tortoises. RFC Cox located the two suspects who had parked their truck near a Gopher, and then walked to the Flint River to fish. During his investigation, Cox noticed a freshly killed raccoon and opossum in the bed of the subject’s truck, and which the two admitted to trapping earlier. Both were issued citations for taking a protected species [gopher tortoise], hunting from a public road, hunting from a vehicle, trapping with illegal devices [baited hooks], and trapping without a license.

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