Louisiana men face 76 counts and nearly $86,000 in fines and civil damages for allegedly killing five deer illegally in southwest last November.
James Keith Moore, 41, of
Hammond, La., and Michael D. Fralick, 45, of Ponchatoula, La., were charged with 32 counts each of deer related violations in four different counties in southwest . Moore and Fralick were each fined $6,123.90. The state is also seeking $25,000 in civil damages from each man for the deer they allegedly killed illegally. Iowa
Stanley B. Russell, 46, of
Roseland, La., and William H. Chambliss, 39, of Kentwood, La., were charged with six counts each of deer related violations in . Russell and Chambliss were each fined $1,823.40. The state is seeking $10,000 in civil damages from each man for their role in the alleged poaching activity.
The state has also requested forfeiture of four rifles the individuals used to shoot the deer.
The investigation began in late November when the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department received a TIP call from a concerned citizen about the activities of these men. The information led authorities to possible illegal activity in
. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources received a TIP call about illegal deer activity around the same time that linked the two cases together. Iowa
“These men came to
specifically to road hunt trophy bucks during the rut,” said Deb Howe, state conservation officer for the Iowa DNR. “They did not have any licenses or tags to hunt in Iowa during the time they were here.”
A 10 month investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Game & Fish, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks culminated in the 76 wildlife-related counts being filed against four
men. Fralick, Russell and Chambliss face similar charges in Louisiana .
An initial court date will be scheduled for November.
Information received through the TIP hotline in both
Iowa and was critical in this investigation. If you have information on wildlife crimes please call TIP of Kansas Iowa at 1-800-532-2020 or Operation Game Thief in at 1-877-426-3843; you can remain anonymous. Kansas