Life in the Woods

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Thu Dec 11 14:34:37 EST 1997


NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
                          MORNING REPORT

To:            All National Park Service Areas and Offices

From:          Division of Ranger Activities, Washington Office

Day/Date:      Wednesday, December 10, 1997

Broadcast:     By 1000 ET

INCIDENTS

97-739 - Grand Teton NP (WY) - Moose Poaching

On November 25th, during the park's authorized elk reduction program,
two
moose were poached along the Three Rivers Road in the North District. 
Melvin
Dahle, 78, of Watertown, South Dakota, was subsequently charged with two
counts of illegally taking wildlife.  Due to his poor eyesight and
inability
to differentiate between moose and elk, he shot three times at a brown,
fuzzy
animal, which resulted in fatal wounds to the two moose.  During the
interview, Dahle said that he'd sighted his weapon on what appeared to
be an
elk the previous day, then observed someone sitting on it with an orange
hat
and realized that the animal was a horse.  Dahle will be not be
permitted to
participate in future elk reduction programs.  On December 2nd, another
moose
was poached in the same area.  Jerry Town, 44, of Bismarck, North
Dakota, was
charged with one count each of taking wildlife and interfering with
agency
functions.  Town shot the moose from a distance of about 500 yards,
believing
it was an elk.  He then took measures to hinder the investigation. 
Investigators were aided, however, by citizen reports which provided
detailed
descriptions of the involved persons and vehicles.  The "Park Watch"
program
will reward these individuals for their efforts in the protection of
natural
resources.  [Colin Campbell, CR, GRTE, 12/9]
-- 
Don Staples
UIN 4653335

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