I've gotten ahold of three more stories that will both amaze and confuse you, and trust me, this isn't the last you've seen of these awards in 2011.
Poachers Caught Near Royal Honeymoon; Win Paparazzi Poacher Award
From the Scotsman.com out of Edinburgh:
Four out of seven elephants fitted with satellite tracking collars have been killed on the slopes of Mount Kenya in recent months, only a short distance from the safari lodge where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton. Scottish conservationist Iain Douglas-Hamilton said the animals were fitted with collars over the last year by his charity, Save The Elephants. Mr Douglas-Hamilton said the mountain's dense forest made it difficult for rangers to patrol and protect elephants which do not have GPS collars.
Poachers Use Fake Identities; Win Covert Ops Award
From the Mailtribune.com:
Most of the alleged poaching occurred in 2009 and 2010 on federal Bureau of Land Management and private timberlands within the state's McKenzie Wildlife Management Unit. It focused largely on black-tailed deer, though also included elk, antelope and bear, according to the OSP.
The case broke open when one of the victims received an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife envelope requesting a tooth from a black bear killed during a hunt be sent to the agency as part of the study, police said. When the victim told ODFW he had no hunting license or bear tag, agency officials discovered a license and tag were bought illegally in the victim's name, police said.
This case involved years of lies, deceit and what can be summed up as organized crime. Oregon Police officials seized 18 hunting rifles, 108 sets of antlers, several hunting licenses and tags, keys to gates on private timberland, two whole poached cow elk and about 1,600 pounds of processed game meat after a search of the accused's homes.
Men Poach Deer for Super Bowl; Win Party Favors Award
A state wildlife conservation officer has charged Christopher Layman, 21, of Uniontown, and James Donaldson, 35, of Lemont Furnace, with killing two deer out of season on Feb. 5 so they could serve fresh venison at their party for the big Steelers-Packers game the next day.
The two culprits confessed to killing the deer and skinning it in their garage before feeding it to their hungry guests. They were both charged with misdemeanors. Seems that the Steelers weren't the only losers in Pennsylvania on Super Bowl Sunday this year.
*To report suspected poaching in your area check the NRA's list of poaching hotlines.