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Media Contact: Lt. Billy Champlin, 254-778-8913, billy.champlin@tpwd.texas.gov

April 8, 2013

Texas Game Wardens Seize Illegally Hunted Wildlife Mounts and Drugs in Williamson County

TEMPLE — Texas Game Wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at a Williamson County residence over the weekend seized a collection of illegally taken wildlife mounts, a quantity of marijuana and $4,000 in cash.

The search began about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. A 55-year-old man was taken into custody.

During the search, game wardens recovered 52 mounts of wildlife believed to have been illegally taken in several states, more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and the cash.  The taxidermy items are believed to have been hunted illegally in multiple states and Canada. Species include fish, white-tailed deer, Aoudad, assorted sheep, bear, boar, fox, bobcat, and many other exotics.

The search and subsequent arrest was the culmination of a six-month investigation that began after a hunting outfitter in Iowa became suspicious of a man driving a truck with Texas license plates. The investigation revealed identity theft and numerous documents forged under a false name.

The investigation continues and more charges are expected be filed at a later date.

2013-04-08


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