At least four people were arrested following an 11-month investigation that determined nearly 100 turkeys had been poached, according to wildlife officials in Mississippi.
The group was believed to have trespassed on 15 properties in Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties, according to a news release from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
About 280 wildlife violations were issued to 14 individuals, the agency said.
Of the four people arrested and named in the news release, Kenneth Ray Britt, 39, had been charged with the most violations — 142. It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
The investigation determined the illegal hunt during the 2019 season wasn’t constrained to Mississippi. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was probing the illegal out-of-state hunts, the release stated.
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