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    Trout Poaching Investigation Results in Four Convictions
    Location: West Virginia


    Four residents of Marlinton in Pocahontas County have been charged by Randolph County Conservation Officer Cpl. Greg Smith and Conservation Officer Mike Coberly for various trout fishing violations on Windy Run, a native brook trout fishery in the Valley Head area of Randolph County.

    · Randy O. Bennett was charged with fishing without a license and exceeding the daily creel limit of trout. Bennett had caught and killed 10 native brook trout from the stream.

    · Jesse G. Feury was cited for exceeding the creel limit of trout, and was 12 trout over his legal limit of six.

    · Kenneth Don Feury Jr. was charged with fishing without a license and exceeding the daily creel limit of trout. Kenneth Feury, Jr. exceeded the limit by 29 native brook trout.

    · Randy Douglas Bennett, Jr. was charged with fishing without a license and exceeding the daily creel limit of trout. Randy D. Bennett exceeded the daily creel limit by 10 native brook trout.

    Randolph County magistrates imposed fines, court costs and replacement costs on the fish at $1,451.71.

    "The four were in possession of 67 native brook trout, substantially depressing the brook trout population in the stream," said DNR Lt. Jim Vance of DNR’s District 3 Law Enforcement Office in Elkins of the March arrests. "Biologists with the Division of Natural Resources estimate that it will take years for the stream to recover from this loss of fish."


    News Source: West Virginia DNR - Apr. 09, 2009

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