Police: Poachers now facing felony charges after a dolphin was found dead in Florida

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Why do these stories always seem to start with “a Florida man”…?

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) arrested two Tampa area men after they were caught with several species of fish as well as a juvenile bottle nosed dolphin.

Police say 30-year-old Yunior Rosales Morales and 34-year-old Yandie Concepcion are alleged to have used an illegal gill net to illegally harvest marine life near Gandy Beach in Pinellas County. 

Major Roger Young, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, FWC officers conducted a sting on July 31 after receiving anonymous tips that were called in to the agency’s Wildlife Alert Hotline as key to helping get these two suspects off the Florida shore and behind bars.

They were out to do one thing and that was to catch and keep as much as they could,” Young said.

The two are being held in custody while they face a slew of both misdemeanor and felony charges, to include the following:

  • Felony – Illegal use of gill net
  • Felony – failure to transit gill net
  • Felony – possession of gill net on vessel less than 22-foot
  • Misdemeanor – stop netting
  • Seven misdemeanors – snook out of season
  • Seven misdemeanors – illegal method of take for snook
  • Six misdemeanors – undersize snook
  • Three misdemeanors – redfish out of season
  • Misdemeanors – oversize redfish
  • Misdemeanor – over the bag limit of bonnet head sharks
  • Misdemeanor – illegal method of take for shark
  • Misdemeanor – major violation pertaining to snook and redfish

According to FWC officials, dolphins are a federally protected species.  Wildlife Officials are working in conjunction with the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration throughout the investigation.

Major Young said the officers hid in a mangrove patch off of Gandy Boulevard after dark.  They waited over two hours before making the arrest. 

“They were pretty surprised to say the least.  I think that they did not expect to be stopped and checked or have anybody come out of the mangroves with their lights on”

 They were out to do one thing and that was to catch and keep as much as they could” said Young. 

When FWC officials confronted the two men, they had three gill nets in their possession that measured more than 3,100 square feet.  This type of fishing is usually a deep-water type fishing that is mainly used by commercial fisherman and research scientists. FWC officials confiscated their equipment as well as the boat they were using to poach the marine life.

According to the FWC, Gill nets are “any net constructed wholly or partially of monofilament material other than a cast net or a landing dip net. They are typically vertical sections of net that are stretched out on a rope suspended by a float and typically work by “gilling” the fish and entangling them within the mesh”.

Gill nets are not the most humane way to fish. Most fish die after they get ensnared in gill netting.  Gill nets were banned in Florida back in 1995, FWC officials explained. 

Our officers work hard to protect Florida’s precious natural resources and egregious violations such as these are reminders of why our work is so important,” explains Major Young. 

“The use of this type of fishing gear is not only illegal but it is harmful to fish and wildlife by indiscriminately killing much of the fish and wildlife that become entangled in it.”

FWC officials work diligently, all year, in conjunction with other federal agencies to protect the large variety of species that inhabit the water ways of Florida such as fish and sea turtles as well as the vast array of animals that inhabit the lands as well environment in which these species call home. 

FWC’s division of law enforcement is the main law enforcement branch responsible for protecting Florida’s natural resources, as well as providing a safe environment for residents and visitors to enjoy.

‘Animal rights’ group offers $5,000 reward to find out who put ‘Trump 2020’ stick on black bear

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The group Help Ashville Bears (HAB)  in North Carolina is offering a $5,000 reward to identify a person they say is responsible for putting a “Trump 2020” sticker on the collar of a bear.

While announcing the reward on a Facebook post July 31st, Help Asheville Bears said:

“Bears are NOT Billboards!”   

The group received pictures showing the sticker on the animal in Asheville, a city about 274 miles (441 kilometers) west of Raleigh. The bear had been “trapped, tranquilized and collared unnecessarily,” the post said.

The Asheville Citizen-Times previously reported a bear was found in the city last year with a similar sticker.

Police: Poachers now facing felony charges after a dolphin was found dead in Florida Bears in Ashville, SC have been tracked in earnest since a project in 2014.

Karen Chávez reported in May:

“The goal was to look at the spatial ecology of black bears in Asheville by capturing bears within a 1-mile radius of the city, placing radio collars on them, which naturally fall off after a certain amount of time, then releasing them, while continuing to track the bears to gather data in order to inform future bear management decisions.”

Chávez also noted:

“Between April 2014 and August 2018, researchers captured about 165 unique bears, and another 80 bears were recaptured over the four years, for a total of 245 bears captured on the project.” The bears “were captured only on private property, with the approval of landowners, as close to city limits as possible.”

While most researchers agree that none of them would ever put a Trump sticker on a bear collar, and they decry the poor bear having to wear that cumbersome collar forever and ever, the culprit either collared just one or two bears as opposed to their 245, or is one of them.

This is typical behavior for the PETA crowd.  The “do as I say, not as I do” mentality runs rampant.  In 2013 the Huffington Post reported on PETAs slaughterhouse, where they killed puppies and kittens who they deemed would be better off dead than “captured as pets”.

Police: Poachers now facing felony charges after a dolphin was found dead in Florida

The crazy doesn’t stop there.  Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA put in her will that upon her death, she wants to be barbecued and served as dinner, her skin made into purses.  Her attorney assured her she wasn’t breaking any laws according to a Newsweek Report, however, according to Cornell Law School, cannibalism is illegal regardless of consent.

Police: Poachers now facing felony charges after a dolphin was found dead in Florida
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, crawls inside a cage at a pet market in Taipei to make an appeal that dogs are not cheap disposable commodities to later be thrown away like garbage. REUTERS

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But PETA kills cats and dogs by the thousands, instead of finding them homes, and throws them out like garbage on the regular because they do not believe in pet ownership. Ingrid Newkirk has called pet ownership “an abysmal situation.”

She has said:

“If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.”

She continued:

“In the end, I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether,” 

On top of being a murderous organization, they tie up the criminal courts with frivolous lawsuits, like one trying to assign a selfie copy-write to a monkey in 2014.

Police: Poachers now facing felony charges after a dolphin was found dead in Florida

A close-up photo of a Sulawesi crested macaque grinning at the camera went viral 2011. Wildlife photographer David Slater, had left some of his equipment on the jungle floor, and the monkey had grabbed the camera and taken a selfie. PETA brought a suit against Slater and a self-publishing book company in 2015, claiming that he had infringed the monkey’s copyright by releasing Wildlife Personalities, a self-published book of photography that included the famous monkey selfie. The case was dismissed on appeal by the 9th Circuit Court.

So back to our friend, the Ashville bear.

The Facebook post said:

“Whoever put these political stickers on these bears is cruel and heartless,”

It continued:

“HAB and our followers hope to stop and expose you.”

Jody Williams, the group’s founder, said this isn’t political. He said it’s wrong to put anything on a bear, regardless of what’s on the sticker.  And yet, the bear was collared, just like hundreds of other bears, and that’s okay?  Putting the sticker on the bears collar may have been a silly prank, but it certainly wasn’t harmful.

For the record, Help Ashville Bears is doing some great work to stop the use of jaw traps which this writer believes are inhumane and should be illegal.  They should go back to focusing on that.

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Sources: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/2-men-face-felony-charges-after-dolphin-found-dead-near-gandy-beach-fwc-says

 

https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/2-tampa-men-arrested-after-dolphin-calf-found-dead-near-gandy-beach/

 

 

 

 

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