Charges have finally been filed in connection with two deer poaching incidents that occurred in November and December.
CLICK HERE to read our original post about one of the incidents.
These incidents occurred in and near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in Morton County, North Dakota. According to Bob Timian, enforcement chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the Morton County state’s attorney’s office has filed criminal complaints against four men identified in two separate incidents of illegally possessing deer in North Dakota.
Charged with unlawful possession of big game in the December incident were Sean Carney of Center Conway, N.H., and Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho. North Dakota authorities have issued warrants for their arrest, but the men are believed to have left the state.
Based on the video above, William Larkin of Olean, N.Y., and William Bighorse of Freeville, N.Y. were charged with unlawful possession of big game in connection with the second incident, which occurred in November The video shows the men dragging the deer from the Cannonball River in November, killing the buck by stabbing it with a knife and then suffocating it in the mud.
“We still don’t know everybody in the video, but we were able to identify two actively involved in the killing of that deer,” Timian said. “This is all based on concerned citizens in the public sending us information.”
Unlawful possession of big game in North Dakota is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum penalty of one year’s imprisonment, a fine of $3,000, or both.
Because the men likely have left the state, they potentially could lose their hunting and fishing privileges nationwide because of a multi-state agreement called the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, in which violations that occur in one member state are recognized as violations in all member states.
North Dakota, New York, New Hampshire and Idaho all are members of the compact.
Authorities still are trying to identify the other suspects in the video, which was released to the public Jan. 5.
Anyone witnessing a potential hunting or fishing violation in North Dakota should call the state’s Report All Poachers hotline at (800) 472-2121.
You can read the full press release HERE