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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California
 
Release Date: 08/02/11
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-11-76

BLM Plans Hunting Enforcement Checkpoint on Carrizo


Law enforcement officers from the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office, in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies, will conduct a hunting enforcement checkpoint on August 27 at an undisclosed location in the Carrizo Plain National Monument from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“The checkpoint is part of a comprehensive effort to promote safe, sustainable hunting practices and protect visitors and wildlife within the monument,” said Johna Hurl, the Carrizo Plain National Monument manager.  “The checkpoint will focus on ensuring visitors have an understanding and are complying with California Department of Fish and Game regulations as well as offering information on monument regulations, area information and hunting safety.”

Historically, Native Americans came to the area to hunt the abundant game. Today, besides, deer, pigs, coyotes, rabbits and prodigious numbers of upland game birds, the Carrizo Plain supports a wealth of threatened and endangered species including the San Joaquin Kit Fox, Giant Kangaroo Rat, San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel, Giant Kangaroo Rat, San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel and California Condor.

Poaching continues to be a concern in the Monument as statewide poaching violations are on the rise.  It’s estimated that $100 million worth of California’s native wildlife is poached annually, making poaching second only to the illegal drug trade in black market profitability. California’s fish and wildlife usually is poached from remote areas and transported to major cities for sale and export.

“Poachers harm the environment when they break laws designed to assure proper wildlife management and species survival. Poaching is an insult to the vast majority of hunters and anglers who obey the rules,” said BLM Ranger Brien Chartier. “Officers do all they can to combat poaching. But there are only a few hundred rangers and wardens spread throughout California. To successfully fight poaching we need help from all Californians.”

To report a poacher or polluter call 1 888 DFG-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description and direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name.  For more information contact the Bakersfield BLM Office at 661-391-6000




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