Here’s more proof (as if you need any) that wildlife poachers aren’t the brightest bulbs in the socket.
For a pair of University of Toledo students, it wasn’t enough to illegally kill a deer in a city park at night during the first week of October. No, they decided to show off the big buck, driving it around and taking it to a nearby sporting goods mega-store, where it was viewed by multiple witnesses.
Based on new scientific data indicating that nearly three times the number of black bears live in the state than previously estimated, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously last week to increase the bear kill quota by 55 percent
As a result, for the 2009 Wisconsin bear-hunting season, the quota will be raised to 4,585 and the number of hunting permits raised to 7,310, a 57 percent increase.
It should come as no surprise to regular readers of the Newshound blog that those who choose to deliberately break game and fish regulations are usually not the “sharpest tools in the shed,” so to speak.
Case in point:
A convicted felon prohibited by law from owning firearms or legally hunting didn’t let that stop him from an unusually bone-headed poaching attempt in Bay County, Fla. last week.
A sharp-eyed California fisheries researcher perusing the Internet recently was shocked after he recognized an endangered and highly protected salmon species appearing on a local tackle shop’s fishing contest Web site!
The coho salmon is a species that has been severely impacted in certain regions of the West in recent years, and its annual return to some California rivers for spawning has fallen to dramatically low levels. In fact, on the Russian River, once considered a prime coho fishery, only two fish were documented by biologists during last year’s spawn.