Four Louisiana men are facing 76 counts and nearly $86,000 in fines for allegedly killing five deer illegally in southwest Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the poaching incidents happened in November 2011.
The suspects are identified as 41-year-old James Keith Moore of Hammond, Louisiana; 45-year-old Michael D. Fralick of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; 46-year-old Stanley Russell of Roseland, Louisiana; and 39-year old William H. Chambliss of Kentwood, Louisiana.
The state says Moore and Fralick were charged with 32 counts each of deer violations and fined $6,123.90 each. The state is seeking $25,000 in civil damages from each man for the deer they allegedly killed illegally.
Russell and Chambliss were charged with six counts each. They were each fined $1,823.40. The state is seeking $10,000 in civil damages from each man.
The state also requested the men forfeit the rifles they used to shoot the deer.
The state says the investigation began in late November when the Kansas Wildlife & Parks Department received a tip from a concerned citizen about the men. The investigation led authorities to possible illegal activity in southwest Iowa and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources began investigating.
Information on wildlife crimes can be provided to the Iowa DNR anonymously by calling 1-800-532-2020.