Deer, elk and wild hog are all recent targets for a group of poachers, but officials brought a stop to the small illegal ring today.
Jason Robert Martinez, 37, Bryan Douglas Carrion, 46, and Gerald Henry Martin, 36, were all arrested for killing the animals on private property and selling their meat for profit.
“Anytime you place a profit motive on killing wildlife you will see a dramatic decline in that wildlife population to the point of extinction if it’s not kept in check,” said Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Dept. of Fish and Game.
The men allegedly poached the wildlife at night by shining bright lights into the eyes of the animals before shooting them, a process known as spotlighting.
“We were able to track them and monitor them as they progressed from shooting these animals in the night in counties that were several hours drive and bringing them to Sacramento County and selling them for profit on the black market,” Foy said.
The two month long investigation known as operation High Hog ended after police seized meat and snares at the home of two poachers and 38 firearms from Martin’s home.
All three men are former convicted felons.
They were booked in Colusa County jail for poaching which is a misdemeanor.
Luana Munoz filed this report.