A couple of disgusting poachers were busted by the Oklahoma Game Wardens for illegally killing 28 herons and egrets at an Oklahoma lake. The pair who the game wardens did not identify fired close to 100 rounds from their shotguns while the birds were on their nests.
The Oklahoma Game Wardens posted the following information on their Facebook page.
Oklahoma Game Wardens Cody Jones, Trey Hale, Billy Bob Walker and Garrett Beam along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Federal Officer Chris Owens have been investigating the illegal killing of 28 federally protected migratory birds. These birds were located on US Army Corps of Engineers property on Lake Texoma which sparked the investigation for all wardens involved.
Following some good old fashion Game Warden teamwork the investigators were able to get a lead on the potential violators. Their investigation allowed them to be able to recover the shotguns used and interview the violators. What makes this case particularly upsetting is that all these birds were shot from their roosts. These roosts are where the birds nest and rear their young this time of year.
During the crime scene investigation Game Wardens found multiple broken eggs as well as empty nests in the tops of the nesting trees and Wardens recovered over 100 shotgun hulls beneath the trees. The violators could face state charges totaling $7,920 or federal charges totaling $15,000 each and loss of hunting license for this act.
Hopefully, the judge throws the book at these two and makes them think twice about poaching.