New Mexican wildlife officers recently discovered a staggering amount of trout in a poacher’s home.
On Saturday, Game and Fish officers discovered 1,600 rainbow trout – 160 times more than the legal limit – in the home of Clovis resident Bounchanh Bounsombath.
Officers were alerted to Bounsombath’s stash of 1,600 rainbow trout by an anonymous tip through the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline.
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“Never in my whole career have I encountered this before,” Griego said in a press release. “The extreme excess of this case is aggravating.”
Bounsmobath was arrested on Monday, and could face criminal charges and $8,000 in civil restitution to help the state recover from the large fish loss.
“The department stocks these fish for all sportsmen and women, young and old, with the desire that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the fish,” Griego said.
Bounsmobath admitted to catching all of the rainbow trout in the Green Acres Lake and Denis Chaves Pond in northwest Clovis. From November 2013 to March 2014, hatchery workers released 10,000 rainbow trout into Green Acres and Denis Chaves. Bounsmobath single-handedly depleted 16 percent of this year’s stock in both fisheries. He claimed the fish were for personal consumption.
New Mexican residents are allowed to catch and keep up to five rainbow trout per day and possess 10 fish in their residence.
Featured image via New Mexico Department of Game and Fish