3 Arrested in Carlyle Lake Duck Poaching Case

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WSIL -- Three Madison County men have been charged with poaching ducks at Carlyle Lake.

Illinois Conservation Police said more than 30 ducks, including northern pintail and mallard species, were shot and killed at the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in March. Duck hunting season had closed on Jan. 7 in the South Central Zone, which includes Carlyle Lake.

On Friday, the department arrested Steven Dean of Granite City, along with Bradley Peters and Daniel Groves, both of Wood River, for felony resource theft of migratory waterfowl, unlawful possession of freshly killed species during the closed season, wanton waste of migratory waterfowl, unlawful take over the limit of mallard ducks, and unlawful take over the limit of northern pintails.

Groves was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

"We are grateful to members of the public and to the media for publicizing this case and providing support for our officers," said Rafael Gutierrez, Chief of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement. "Illinois Conservation Police Officers stand with hunters and conservationists to prevent poaching whenever possible and to find those responsible when it does occur."

Cases of poaching can be reported anonymously to the state's TIP (Target Illinois Poachers) hotline at (877) 236-7529.

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