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With muzzleloader season in full swing, three RI hunters cited for poaching deer

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has cited three hunters with poaching violations after deer were shot in Glocester and North Kingstown.

"With muzzleloader deer season in full swing, Environmental police officers from DEM's Division of Law Enforcement are on the lookout for poaching activity," the DEM said in a Facebook post that included photographs of the antlered deer.

The Rhode Island DEM says it has cited three suspects on charges related to poaching after deer were shot in Glocester and North Kingstown.
The Rhode Island DEM says it has cited three suspects on charges related to poaching after deer were shot in Glocester and North Kingstown.

"Two pictures we've posted show the carcasses of poached deer," the DEM said. "We decided to post them because it shows how poaching selfishly depletes our precious natural resources and steals opportunities from hunters that follow regulations. Both deer were seized and donated for consumption."

The DEM post did not include the names of the suspected poachers.

The first case happened on Nov. 8 in North Kingstown. DEM officers responded after receiving a report of people trespassing and possessing a white-tailed deer on private property, the DEM said. Officers found a suspect with an untagged 8-point buck, the DEM said. They determined the buck was shot on private property without the landowner's permission, according to the DEM.

"A second suspect was found hiding on the property without a hunting license or deer tags," the DEM said.

Citations included possession of an untagged deer and hunting deer without a hunting license or required deer tags. The hunters also received a criminal summons for obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and hunting deer without landowner permission, the DEM said. Officers also seized two muzzleloaders.

In the second incident, DEM officers on Nov. 13 investigated the circumstances of a white-tailed deer that had been shot in Glocester. "Responding Environmental Police officers located a large untagged buck and determined that a suspect had shot it with a muzzleloader without possessing a muzzleloader buck tag at the time," the DEM said. "The poacher admitted to shooting the buck, purchasing a deer tag after the shooting, and then reporting his harvest."

Citations included hunting deer without deer tags and possession of an untagged deer.

The DEM says it "takes poaching very seriously – hunting licenses and permit fees are critical sources of funding that support DEM's broader network of wildlife restoration efforts." The agency thanked the "anonymous tipsters" who reported the violations. It says suspected poaching can be reported to the DEM 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (401) 222-3070.

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: DEM says hunters poached deer in North Kingstown, Glocester