The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
A Turkey Vulture does not a totem pole make
While searching for an armed robbery suspect’s campsite, the Mount Pleasant Police SWAT team entered a ranch on which the suspect was believed to be hiding. The SWAT team discovered the hidden campsite and found drug paraphernalia and a dead turkey vulture staked to the ground with its wings spread apart like a totem pole figure. The SWAT team didn’t find the suspect at the campsite, but they later found him at his girlfriend’s apartment. The girlfriend was arrested for harboring a felon. The following day, a Titus County game warden went to the campsite to seize the vulture as evidence. The warden researched the suspect, who did not have a hunting license, and found he had posted three photos of dead white-tailed deer on his Facebook account. The warden interviewed the suspect at the jail and identified two more suspects. After taking statements from the other suspects, the warden issued citations for hunting under the license of another, allowing another to hunt under his license, no hunter education and untagged white-tailed deer.
Caught in the act
Bowie County game wardens apprehended an individual for trespassing and deer poaching after the landowner captured evidence on game trail cameras he had placed on his property last November after multiple trespassing incidents. The landowner forwarded photos of the suspect, his vehicle and a harvested white-tailed deer to game wardens. The landowner also had pictures of the suspect with a gun and deer stand walking on his property and of the suspect loading a deer into a truck. Several cases are pending against the individual, who does not have a hunting license.
Two wrongs don’t make a right
A Red River County game warden got a call from a Clarksville police officer about a man with a deer in the bed of his truck. During the investigation, the warden discovered the young suspect had unintentionally hit the deer with his vehicle, circled back to pick it up and then taken it down the road and disposed of it illegally. The suspect then used the gearshift from his manual transmission to strike the deer over its head to kill it. After discussing what the young man should have done if he was worried about the deer suffering or the meat going to waste, the warden issued citations and warnings for possessing white-tailed deer parts taken from a public roadway, illegal means and methods for taking game, possessing deer in closed season and untagged deer. The meat from the deer was salvaged and donated.
An Atascosa County game warden was returning from patrol when he heard a BOLO (be on the lookout) warning broadcast over the radio about an aggravated carjacking nearby. Dispatch told officers to be on the lookout for a suspect driving a beige vehicle allegedly headed toward Houston. About 20 minutes after the broadcast, the vehicle was found in East Bexar County parked on the side of the road. The warden made contact with three individuals who had stopped to help untie a woman near the car. The warden took the female victim to safety and broadcast a description of the suspect, as told to him by the woman. The victim said she was told at gunpoint to drive the suspect to Houston. When the suspect realized she did not have enough gas to get all the way there, he made her pull over and was then picked up by someone else. The suspect tied the female up with nylon rope and bound a jacket around her head. Several local, state and federal agencies are assisting with this ongoing investigation.