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?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.