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Numerous wildlife violations uncovered on Sevier County property

WHITE CLIFFS – Wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently concluded an investigation of numerous violations related to a 1,300-acre high fence enclosure located near White Cliffs in Sevier County.

Officers conducted an inspection of the facility and spotted an exotic axis deer as well as elk and white-tailed deer. Officers cited the owner of the enclosure along with seven other individuals for various violations including: hunting wildlife out of season, night hunting, hunting without a license, checking and tagging violations, and illegal taking of alligator, which can be prosecuted under the Federal Protected Species Act.

In addition, officers are working with AGFC biologists to ensure the animals inside the facility are in compliance with AGFC regulations and do not pose a health concern to Arkansas’s wildlife. Captain Jackie Runion of the A-4 AGFC Enforcement Division said he was pleased with the work and tireless dedication of the wildlife officers. “David Hall, Blake Broomfield and Clay Raborn did an excellent job on this case. These men were instrumental in this situation. It entailed numerous interviews taking the officers as far away as Dallas,” he said.

The eight people who were written citations included: Willie Garvin, 47, Texarkana, TX; George Tony, 46, Dallas; Ken Autrey, 44, Hooks, TX; Joseph Finley, 53, New Jersey; Brian Whechel, 34, Texarkana, TX; Christopher Garvin, 53, Texarkana, AR; Tony Murchison, 53, Texarkana, TX and Juanita Dumas, 41, Texarkana, AR.

If convicted, the individuals could face fines exceeding $35,000 and the loss of hunting and fishing privileges.