Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Bust Perps For Illegal Hunting and Fishing
By Space Coast Daily // October 6, 2018
FWC: Subject admitted to shooting an illegal deer
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Officers Eller, Summers, Hadwin, and K9 Blue received information of an illegal deer harvested out of the upper St. Johns River Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
The three officers contacted two individuals inside the WMA that met the description of the potential suspects.
After an investigation, one subject admitted to shooting an illegal deer.
Officer Hadwin and K9 Blue tracked the deer from where it had been shot, to the spot where the subject had hidden the deer in the woods. The subject admitted to shooting the deer and hiding it.
He was cited for harvesting an antlered deer not meeting the minimum antler restrictions.
Officers Delano and Balgo were on patrol when they saw subjects fishing at a nearby causeway.
The officers approached the group and conducted a resource inspection. The inspection revealed 10 undersized mangrove snapper. Citations were issued for the violation.
While on foot patrol at the Eau Gallie Causeway, Officer Balgo saw an individual fishing near the rocks.
A resource inspection located nine mangrove snapper in a cooler, three of which were undersized. The individual was issued a citation for possession of undersized mangrove snapper and issued a warning for over the bag limit.
While on foot patrol along the relief bridge near the Eau Gallie Causeway, Officer Balgo saw an individual placing fish in a bucket.
A resource inspection was conducted and Officer Balgo located several undersized mangrove snapper. The individual was cited accordingly.
While on foot patrol at the Pineda Causeway, Officer Balgo located a truck parked along the water.
After locating the owner, the officer inspected a cooler in bed of the truck. The resource inspection revealed one undersized red drum. The individual was cited accordingly.
While on foot patrol, Officer Humphrey saw a man fishing from a pier under a causeway.
Officer Humphrey watched the man put several mangrove snapper in a plastic bag and place the bag in the bottom of a cooler.
During the inspection the subject stated to Officer Humphrey that he hadn’t caught anything all day. A check of the cooler revealed eight mangrove snapper with seven of them being undersized. The subject was cited accordingly.
While on land patrol of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Officer Rasey stopped to speak with two subjects to see how their fishing was going.
A resource inspection revealed six undersized black drum. A resource citation and several warnings were issued for the violations.
While on land patrol in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Officer Rasey contacted a group of subjects fishing.
After conducting license checks, a resource inspection revealed one subject in possession of a 12 3/8-inch red drum. A citation for undersized red drum was issued.
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