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How game wardens track down illegal hunters

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 22:44:04-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife is always watching.

We sat down with a game warden in Tulsa to find out how they crack down on poaching and illegal hunting.

Carlos Gomez tells us poaching isn't a bigger problem than normal, because it's always been an issue.

Last month, they investigated a case where a young elk was dumped behind a building at 21st and Yale. They're working on leads for that case.

They get tips on different cases through calls, things they hear in the coffee shops and even on social media.

"It's just folks that like to brag and show what they've done... Don't realize that word spreads," Gomez said.

The department also uses social media to educate people who want to hunt responsibly.

There are more than 100 game wardens across the state.

Before you hunt and fish, make sure you have a license and follow all the rules, so you don't end up with a hefty fine.

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