Poachers: they are stealing Iowa’s natural resources. But you can help stop them.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Iowa has seen a recent uptick in poaching cases, according to the Department of Natural Resources, and the targets haven’t been limited to the state’s famous whitetail deer.
Among the recent cases:
- Four Audubon men were charged with poaching at least 72 raccoons;
- Several people were charged with trading, buying and selling turtles in Western Iowa;
- Even the graceful trumpeter swan has been poached: a Burlington man was charged for shooting two members of the protected species in January.
This year, let’s work to stop illegal hunting.
To learn how you can report poachers, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor, from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.
Read more about the prevalence of poachers in the Midwest.