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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and w ... more
To fill in the gaps, Grosz said, Fish and Wildlife relies on state wardens from Game, Fish and Parks for information that could lead to undercover hunts.
The local wardens in turn get help from hunters themselves through the Turn In Poachers (TIPS) hot line.
Undercover operations don't emerge as compliance checks, Grosz said.
Before the government brings in out-of-state agents and pays thousands for a waterfowl hunt, there must be evidence of violations.
"The odds are slim," that a South Dakota lodge owner has been the target of an undercover hunt, Grosz said, but "if the budget is allowing and the intelligence is there, it's certainly possible."
A list of hunting operations or a licensure system that requires training for guides and lodge owners about regulations and emergency medical skills could help law enforcement by discouraging untrained hunters from taking the field, Grosz said.
In a sworn statement, Grosz said hawks, owls, ducks and other birds mistake the waste pits for water ponds.
They become fouled with oil, and their feathers lose their ability to shed water, often causing the birds to become waterlogged and drown.
Birds that attempt to drink from the pits can fall in, and their steep, slippery slopes make it almost impossible for trapped wildlife to escape,
Under the plea deal, Stang was sentenced to a year of probation, a fine of more than $1,000, and the loss of hunting privileges in North America for one year.
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