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“This was basically spread all ….

“This was basically spread all over Clark County,” he said. “There were several groups of juveniles identified from several different communities. Some of it was in the Loyal area.”

Wardens have been interviewing multiple subjects identified in the investigation, and will be preparing reports over the next few weeks to forward to the county district attorney for consideration of prosecution. Possible charges could include hunting deer at night with the use of a spotlight, hunting deer out of season, etc. There is also evidence that at least one horse was shot. If the subjects are adjudicated in adult court, the fines and other penalties could be significant.

Not only is the poaching activity unfortunate in the loss of resources, Barnhardt also said it presents a serious safety threat.

“Shooting at night is a risk to the public’s safety,” he said. “You never know when there’s a house tucked in the woods somewhere.”