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Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:45

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By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



Game wardens with Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are looking for help in finding out who is responsible for poaching turkeys out of season Tuesday evening in northeastern Meade County.

“Numerous turkeys were poached out of season, Tuesday, July 11, in northeastern Meade County,” read a post on the Facebook page “Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism – Game Wardens.”

That post was made just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, and it went on to say that there are numerous pieces of evidence that were collected at the scene.

“Suspects were driving a tan or similar colored extended cab pickup,” it said.

Southwest Kansas Game Warden Jess Sutton said Wednesday afternoon the investigation involves just one incident in northeastern Meade County. He said in the course of the year, though, area game wardens see more reports of out-of-season poaching.

“Just a handful, maybe a dozen, especially ones like this where there’s numerous turkeys shot in one location from a vehicle from the roadway, that type of stuff,” he said.

Sutton said if the people responsible for Tuesday’s poaching are caught, they could face some stiff fines.

“Penalties under statute for each count or each wildlife violation cannot exceed $1,000 per charge,” he said. “The unlawful taking of a turkey that’s out of season, most likely they didn’t have permission on the ground. Hunting with a motor vehicle, if they chase them with a vehicle and shoot them from the roadway, that’s another charge. It adds up in a hurry.”

Sutton explained the two turkey hunting seasons in the Sunflower State.

“We have a fall season, and we have a spring season in Kansas,” he said. “The fall season runs in the fall, and the spring season ends in May every year. We’re well into the closed season.”

Sutton said other than the evidence found Tuesday, there is little in the way of leads at this time.

“I can’t comment on that,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.”

Anyone with information concerning Tuesday’s poaching is asked to contact the Meade County game warden at (620) 262-7019.


 

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