Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Here are some of the cases recently worked by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


-- Officers Jay Russel and Sam Dishman responded to what sounded like a dove shoot just south of the Levy County line in Marion County. Three individuals were found to be in the last stages of trap shooting. They had run out of clay birds and were using doves, songbirds and egrets for targets. The 19-year olds were also consuming alcoholic beverages. One snowy egret was killed and recovered. The three were cited for taking species of special concern, as well as alcohol violations.


-- On Aug. 19, Officer Alan Hofmeister and Reserve Officer Richard Hartsfield responded to information of marijuana plants at the Shadow Lawn Hunt Club. They located and destroyed 45 6- to 7-foot plants. The Clay County Sheriff's Office is conducting the cultivation operation investigation.


-- Lt. Bruce Cockcroft checked a Jacksonville pet shop after receiving a complaint they were selling Florida box turtles. The turtles were identified as ornate box turtles, but the manager was issued a written warning for not having a saltwater products license for selling saltwater fish.


-- On Aug. 15, Officer Kevin Larson was checking fishermen at Mill Creek east of Callahan when he approached one fisherman and asked what he had caught. The fisherman replied, "Only catfish." Officer Larson checked the man's catch and found an undersized black bass under several catfish. The fisherman was cited for the violation.


-- Officers Guy Carpenter II and Herb Frerking arrested a subject for felony taking of an alligator. The investigation began when an Orange County deputy turned over photographs that were received from an anonymous party, showing where an alligator had been killed, and the subject that killed it. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the subject was incarcerated in the Orange County jail on unrelated charges. The anonymous party turned out to be the girlfriend of the subject.


-- While flying his patrol aircraft over north Putnam County, Lieutenant Joe Johnston located two vehicles with spotlights shining inside a private hunt club. …

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