Gun-Sniffing Dog, Blood Splotch Nab Elk Poachers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Guilty pleas from a father and son for
poaching two bull elk near the Nevada-Idaho line closed a yearlong
investigation involving wildlife agencies from three states and high-tech forensics on frozen meat and blood splotches.

Larry and Marty Hall pleaded guilty March 19 to killing a bull elk without a tag. Each paid thousands of dollars in fines.

The case began Nov. 6, 2010, when game wardens say both men shot
trophy-sized elk without a hunting tag and left one animal to rot.

Other hunters saw what happened and called authorities.

DNA analysis of frozen elk meat stored in household freezers and a blood sample lifted from a tire at Larry Hall's home in Colorado helped solve the case.

Three others involved pleaded to lesser offenses and also were fined.

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