Watch: Poaching Caught on Tape (Videos)

We get lots of stories around the Game & Fish newsroom about poaching -- deer, elk, even panfish.

Suspected poacher on the run. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency video screenshot.

It's a serious law-enforcement challenge for game officers and a serious habitat and population threat to the animals sought by law-abiding hunters and anglers.

Featured below are eight YouTube videos telling stories of poaching in the U.S., plus a ninth video showing the most poached animals in the world.

We wanted to show you more, but due to the graphic nature of many videos, we could not share them all. (click here for more YouTube videos on poaching)

Have you ever dealt with poachers? Let us know in the comments.


Poacher Caught Red-Handed

https://youtu.be/LMwE2ZTKejQ

Via Animal Planet

A poacher who has set up an illegal tree stand gets a big surprise when the wardens find him and his unlabled bear-bait.


 Poachers Fire in Direction of Hunter

https://youtu.be/XW7UZn37Ux4

Via WKYT

Poachers caught on camera firing in direction of hunter in Pike County, Ky.


Shellfish Poaching

https://youtu.be/YdrRjbO4UQI

Via PBS NewsHour

In Washington state, clams, oysters and mussels are being poached from the Puget Sound and sold for thousands of dollars. The most in-demand of these is the geoduck, which can sell for $150 a pound. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS in Seattle reports for EarthFix on why this illegal trade is so hard to stop.


'Robo Deer' Nets Poachers

https://youtu.be/OQ40438vEAw?list=PLUQjASvBoIfRFsS8YcpHNbDV-nFeloTFT

Via Bill Swan

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officers videos of poachers shooting decoy deer donated to the officers by the Chattanooga Area Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI). It is illegal to shoot from a roadway, and as you can see there are those who choose to disobey the law!


Baby Salmon Poaching | Wild Justice

https://youtu.be/ZjC_pIVqefE

Via National Geographic

California game wardens catch a group of men illegally fishing baby salmon.


Sturgeon Poachers On The Columbia

https://youtu.be/wZch5gPfuoE

Via EarthFixMedia

Wildlife cops say the high value of black market caviar is driving poachers to target giant sturgeon in the Columbia River, putting the whole population of these fish at risk.


Catching a Methhead Poacher

https://youtu.be/gZTgwDeoryA

Via National Geographic

Wild Justice: Wardens finally track down a suspect known for trading illegally hunted meat for a meth fix.


Poachers in the Headlights

https://youtu.be/7yhsO4wrZiU

Via Utah Wildlife Resources

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has many tools to combat poaching. One method is using mechanical or dummy deer. Jack Lytle discusses why the division uses this approach to catch poachers in Utah.


 World's Most Poached Animals

https://youtu.be/h_YOjM3Lxnw

Via Viral Sap

Everyday, tens of thousands of dollars are illegally earned by the poaching and selling of animals. From tigers to rhinos to a few animals you may have never even heard of, these are ten of the most valuable animals from around the world.

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