Two charged in disgusting North Dakota poaching incident.
In an poaching incident caught on video, several people are shown stabbing, suffocating and bashing a buck’s head into the ground on the banks of the Cannonball River back in November.
You can see the video of that awful incident in our initial story back in January.
North Dakota Game and Fish have just announced they’ve charged two people in the case with a Class A misdemeanor. Both are New York residents and have been identified as Wiliam Larkin and William Bighorse. Both are being charged with unlawful possession of big game.
Now there are arrest warrants out for both suspects, but authorities believe they are no longer in North Dakota.
If arrested and convicted of the misdemeanor, they could be hit with a fine of $3,000, a year in jail, or possibly both.
It turns out releasing the video of the crime to the public has been very helpful in the investigation.
“We still don’t know everybody in the video, but we were able to identify two actively involved in the killing of that deer,” Chief Game Warden Bob Timian told the Bismark Tribune. “This is all based on concerned citizens in the public sending us information.”
He also told the Tribune the men could lose all hunting and fishing privileges across the state as part of the Wildlife Violator Compact.
There were multiple people shown in the video and wildlife officials are still working to identify the others. We’ll bring you more on that if and when others are charged in this case.