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Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Mammals: A man who pled guilty to illegally trapping and killing dozens of bobcats and gray foxes in Lassen County was fined $5,000 and sentenced to a year's probation.
Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests Moves Forward

Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests Moves Forward

Hunting: Last week's California Fish and Game Commission got a lot of press attention for the Commission's decision to add the gray wolf to the state's Endangered Species list, but another decision by the Commission has so far slipped under the radar: an agreement to move forward on a ban on wildlife-killing contests in the state of California.
Coyote Defender Allegedly Assaulted At Modoc County Hunt Contest

Coyote Defender Allegedly Assaulted At Modoc County Hunt Contest

Hunting: The weekend's heavy rains may have put a damper on an annual coyote killing contest centered in the Modoc County town of Adin, but the close of the event took an unexpected turn anyway: with an alleged assault by the contest's main sponsor on an opponent of the event.
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Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Affects California Animals, Too

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Affects California Animals, Too

Hunting: You don't have to travel to Africa or Asia to see wildlife populations under severe pressure by illegal market hunting. According to wildlife law enforcement officials speaking at an online press event Tuesday, several California wildlife species are heavily targeted as well. But with law enforcement officers stepping up investigations, poachers are facing heavy fines and serious jail time.
State May Ban Hunting Contests For Coyotes And Other Wildlife

State May Ban Hunting Contests For Coyotes And Other Wildlife

Hunting: California's Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to consider a ban on hunting contests such as this weekend's secretive coyote drive in Modoc County, with one Commissioner suggesting such contests are unethical.
Modoc County Coyote-Killing Contest Being Kept Under Wraps

Modoc County Coyote-Killing Contest Being Kept Under Wraps

Mammals: For the eighth consecutive year, a general store in the far north of the state is sponsoring a contest that awards prizes for hunters who shoot the most coyotes. This year's contest is a little different, though: organizers are trying to keep opponents from finding out about it.
3 Tule Elk Poached in Central Valley, Reward Offered

3 Tule Elk Poached in Central Valley, Reward Offered

Mammals: Someone illegally killed three of the majestic tule elk near Los Banos in late September, and a state deer hunting group is stamping mad about it. The California Deer Association has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the miscreants.