Poachers Stalked by Game Warden for 6 DaysBy Rocky Thompson on October 25th, 2010
A Fish and Game Warden in California received at tip on four people illegally hunting in Yosemite beginning an epic, 6-day tracking effort that ended with the group of hunters walking out of the woods uncharged. A very detailed set of tips led the warden to make one easy arrest, and based on the accuracy of that tip, he assumed the other tip about the hunters deeper in Yosemite was also true. Several days later he spotted them, but the group also saw the ranger stalking them so they hid the deer carcasses they’d shot with bows and arrows. The group was caught sneaking out of the park but couldn’t be charged for lack of evidence. More rangers conducted a survey of area where the poachers hunted, and dogs found the carcasses days later. The group was finally charged and fined upwards of $60,000 plus hunting bans, probation, and possible jail time.