Pennsylvania Game News - May 2014 - 49

Operation Talon 2013 nets arrests
By Richard R. Palmer, Director,
Bureau of Wildlife Protection
DURING a two-week period in the
fall of 2013, more than 600 officers
from seven different agencies dedicated
thousands of hours to night patrols as
part of an aggressive anti-poaching task
force called Operation Talon. Wildlife
and waterways conservation officers
and their deputies, Pennsylvania State
Police aviation and ground units,
Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources' park and forest
rangers, conservation officers from
bordering states, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
agents, and other enforcement agencies
cooperated in a statewide task force
that uncovered 484 wildlife code violations that resulted in 344 arrests or
citations issued and 140 warnings. In
addition, dozens of other violations,
such as drunken driving, drug possession and other criminal and vehicle
code violations also were discovered.
This is the third year Operation
Talon has been held and 2013's
statistics are up from the previous
year, which uncovered 397 violations
that led to 295 arrests or citations

issued and 102 warnings. In accordance
with the Game Commission's strategic
plan, officers focus their efforts on the
violations with the most impact to
the resource, and the illegal taking of
wildlife remains our top violation prosecuted each year. Officers made several
cases this year involving poached
trophy-class deer, and the violators
were prosecuted to the fullest extent of
the law. Many hunters and sportsmen's
and conservation organizations have
expressed their appreciation of our
enforcement officers' efforts to combat
poaching through this statewide operation.

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