Men fined thousands for poaching in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma Game Wardens are investigating after they said several animals were poached. They said a tip led authorities to the suspects.

“They led them to two suspects that they were able to interview and got two full confessions," said Capt. Wade Farrar with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation.

“There’s a huge safety concern with driving around on a public roadway with loaded rifles and shooting rifles out the window," said Farrar, who also noted the men used a spotlight. “We’ve had numerous times in the past where bullets have went beyond that light and hit things that weren’t intended to be shot.”

Investigators said animals were left in the field to rot and each man was fined around $7,000.

Charges are pending, and the weapons and the light were taken as evidence.

In December, we told you about a dozen other cases of poaching.