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8 Indicted for Poaching Ohio Whitetails

8 Indicted for Poaching Ohio Whitetails

A grand jury in Galia County, Ohio, indicted eight on multiple felony charges, including the poaching of whitetail deer,and the theft of deer meat. According to the office of Ohio Attorney General David Yost, which conducted a joint investigation with the Ohio Department of National Resources, investigators found that an operation known as A&E Deer Processing and Associates poached 30 whitetails, and skimmed more than 700 pounds of meat from deer that hunters paid to have processed. The stolen meat was then sold for profit.

“Deer hunting is a deep-rooted tradition in Ohio, with generations having been taught the values of conservation, responsibility and discipline,” said Yost. “This level of corruption violates those tenets, and protecting and preserving this part of our heritage are important to all sportsmen and -women.”

Ninety one criminal counts have been brought against the eight suspects involved. For more on the story, including the specific charges brought against each individual, check out the reporting by channel 10 WBNS at this link.

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