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Deep Investigation Begins…

I am about to embark on the deepest and most involved wildlife journalist investigations I have ever conducted since embarking on this path 26 years ago.

I say investigation(s) plural because there are three separate issues I am looking at that I think have great relevance.

The first is the epidemic of youth poaching throughout North America. The hunting community has ignored it. The green community has ignored and only local media have picked up on isolated cases but it something we must get to the bottom of and quickly.

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The Wildlife Journalist® is ready to hit the field on three new investigations.

Me and my wife Lisa have dedicated our lives to working with children and teenagers so it’s not a knock on them but something is wrong out there when you have teens all around the country killing protected and endangered species.

The second issue that is gaining interest by the day is the possibility of sea snakes in the Gulf of Mexico. I have received some very interesting reports and it will require me to have a journey down the Gulf Coast and some some searching and one on one interviews.

This is a very exciting story and one I think that might surprise people here in the coming year.

The third issue is something I am not ready to speak on yet because the investigation has just begun but it promises to be…shocking…to say the least.

Are you interested yet?

I hope so.

You will not see me on here for awhile but I will pop up on live video updates from time to time at our official Facebook page. It could be as late as Jan. 2019 before I come back on here but I promise when I do I will have a bunch better handle on these stories and the kind of cutting-edge wildlife information-direct from the animal underground you deserve.

Headed to the woods and waters….

Chester Moore, Jr. (The Wildlife Journalist®)

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Another Eagle Killing Shows Teen Poaching Out of Control

Washington Fish and Wildlife police said a sheriff’s department officer found evidence of teen poaching with teens purposely killing eagles.

“Officer Bolton and the deputy searched the area for downed wildlife and soon discovered a relatively fresh doe deer on the hillside near where the suspects had parked. Four older deer carcasses in various stages of decomposition were found in the same location. The officers learned that one of the young men shot the doe the night before by using a high-powered spotlight,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “The animal was then placed near the other carcasses in an effort to bait in and shoot eagles.”

That report at wqad.com paints an ugly picture of a trend I have written on extensively here and at Texas Fish & Game magazine. Teens are increasingly involved in not only poaching but killing protected and endangered species.

The bait pile discovered by law enforcement officials.(Washington Fish & Wildlife Photo)

And no one seems to be addressing it head on.

Check out my post on the manatee fantasy killer and teen poaching here.

Teens shooting sick dolphins with fishing arrows.

Teens shooting highly endangered whooping cranes and bragging on social media.

Multiple eagles killed across the country by teens including this which was obviously a focused effort.

A pair of teens smuggling endangered key deer in their car resulting in death of the animals.

Poaching is vile.

And when our young people are involved in so much of it everyone from the hunting industry to wildlife organizations should be asking why.

There will be more on this topic coming with top officials in the wildlife and hunting world interviewed on the subject.

This has to change and we must take off our blinders for not only the sake of wildlife but the teens themselves.

Poaching is not hunting. It is the antithesis of legal, regulated hunting and it damages wildlife populations in terrible ways.

We need to confront it here in America before it becomes an epidemic.

Unfortunately this kind of contempt for wildlife can be contagious.

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Chester Moore, Jr.