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Poaching Incident in Ponca Hills; Know Anything?

Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE continues to seek information on a deer poaching incident that occurred recently in the Ponca Hills area of northern Douglas County. Here’s the news release done by Jerry Kane of Game and Parks concerning the details of the incident as well as trail/game camera photos of it.

Game and Parks Seeks Information on Illegally Harvested Deer
LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information involving a case of deer being illegally harvested in the Omaha area.
In the early morning of Aug. 9 a trail camera in the Ponca Hills area took photos of two individuals – at least one with a firearm – dragging a deer. The camera was placed on private land in the vicinity of Ponca Road and Shongaska Road in northern Douglas County.
The individuals appear to be in their late teens or early 20s. A dark-haired individual was wearing a shirt with horizontal strips and shorts. The other individual had dark hair and was wearing a light hooded sweatshirt and cuffed pants.
Anyone with information about this case should call Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627 or their nearest conservation officer (Rich Berggren/402.619.1355). You can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.
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Hunters scouting for the upcoming deer season had permission to place cameras on the property.
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They noticed the individuals when they went to check the camera, and then notified the landowner, who contacted Game and Parks.
No deer season is currently open in Nebraska.

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Omaha’s WOWT 6 News also ran a TV news story about the incident last night. To see that, click this link.

Remember, the best way to combat poaching is through public vigilance. Somebody knows something about this particular case now, don’t they? If you do, don’t be complacent about it or not say anything to the authorities! Poachers are thieves, stealing from you, me and every law-abiding citizen. These game law violators make conscious decisions to break the law and have no respect for you or wildlife! Poaching is not only a crime, it threatens species biodiversity and ecological integrity!

To help your local conservation officer anytime you witness or have knowledge of a poaching incident or a game law violation, try to get critical information. In a moment, ask yourself: “Who? What? When? Where? How? and Why?” Specific details that are most helpful to conservation officers, are:

• vehicle make and model
• license plate number
• suspect description
• location (GPS coordinates or address)

When collecting information on poaching suspects or possible game law violators with a crime in progress, please stay a safe distance away from them and do not put yourself in harm’s way.

To successfully fight poaching, we all need to band together and turn in the violators! Thank you for your support!

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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