Yosemite National Park Cautions Poachers
On Saturday, October 4th, 2008, Yosemite law enforcement rangers from Mather district, Valley district, and Wawona district arrested a 62 year old man from Merced, California for violating Title 16 USC 60, hunting within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.
A tip from California Fish and Game led investigators to the location of a tree-stand well inside the park boundary. After three weeks of surveillance the suspect was arrested. He admitted to shooting a deer, also within the park boundary, in 2007.
Yosemite National Park officials strongly urge caution when hunting in the surrounding areas of the park boundary.
Steve Yu, a Special Agent for Yosemite National Park cautions, "It is the responsibility of the hunter to be aware of national park boundaries."
Hunters traveling through the park to other locations are required to store firearms out of reach and separate from any ammunition. If the firearm is equipped with a bolt-action, officials request it be removed and also stored separately from the firearm.
Did You Know?
Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.