We get lots of stories around the Game & Fish newsroom about poaching — deer, elk, even panfish.
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
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
Poachers caught on camera firing in direction of hunter in Pike County, Ky.
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
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
California game wardens catch a group of men illegally fishing baby salmon.
Sturgeon Poachers On The Columbia
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
Wild Justice: Wardens finally track down a suspect known for trading illegally hunted meat for a meth fix.
Poachers in the Headlights
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
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.