FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // October 19, 2023
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – 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.
■ Officer Specialist Parrish noticed a vehicle parked off the side of the road near a restricted area gate on the Upper St. Johns River Marsh Wildlife Management Area. He followed foot sign past the gate and a few hundred yards into the woods where he found a treestand. The subject was hunting with a crossbow and did not possess a Persons With Disabilities Crossbow Permit.
Officer Parrish looked around the treestand and found scattered corn about 30 yards away. The subject admitted to scattering the corn and was cited accordingly for multiple license violations, entering illegally, hunting with a crossbow without a disability permit, and hunting over bait in a WMA.
■ While on patrol at Freddie Patrick Park Boat Ramp, Officer Specialist Balgo and Officer Osborn conducted a resource inspection on an incoming vessel. The two vessel occupants were found to be in possession of two snook, one of which was over the 32-inch maximum size limit for snook. One individual had an expired saltwater fishing license and an expired snook permit. The violations were addressed accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo and Officer Osborn conducted a resource inspection on an incoming vessel. The two occupants of the vessel were found to be in possession of three undersized red snapper and an undersized black sea bass.
Multiple fish were found hidden in the rear bilge area of the vessel. The violations were addressed accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo and Officer Osborn observed two individuals trespassing onto Port Canaveral property with gigs and spears. The two individuals were found in possession of two undersized flounder, stone crab claws out of season, and 14 blue crabs harvested by illegal method. The violations were addressed accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Rasey stopped a group of anglers to perform a resource inspection. One individual was found to be in possession of a red drum during a closed season. The subject was cited accordingly.
■ Officer Snyder was on patrol at Freddie Patrick Boat Ramp, when he conducted a resource and boating safety inspection on a subject fishing from a kayak. The inspection revealed the individual was in possession of an oversized snook and had vessel safety gear violations. The individual was cited accordingly.
■ Officer Navarino was alerted to a vehicle parked on the side of Hatbill Road next to a local conservation area. Officer Navarino met with Investigator Loeffler who observed an individual exit the conservation land with a hunting dog. Officer Navarino followed the individual into the conservation area to get his friend and the rest of their dogs.
The individuals had numerous dogs with GPS trackers and wearing cut vests. The individuals stated they were using their dogs to hunt wild hogs on the conservation area, which was closed to hunting. The individuals were cited accordingly.
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