Two southeastern Arizona brothers have been fined $7,500 for poaching game in Pima and Pinal counties.
A two-year investigation by officers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department found Mario Barragan of Hayden, and Alfred Barragan of Dudleyville, were involved in nine incidents of poaching in Oracle, Mammoth, Globe and northern Pima County, Mark Hart, spokesman for the department, said Wednesday in a news release.
Winkleman and Dudleyville are along State Route 77 about halfway between Globe and Oracle in southeastern Arizona.
Two others, Pete Reynoso of San Manuel, and Chelsea Hetrick of Hayden, were charged with poaching too, but the charges were dropped in a plea deal, Hart said.
The charges against all four included unlawful take, possession and transport of multiple deer as well as hunting license fraud.
Mario Barragan was involved in six incidents of poaching. He was criminally fined $2,302 and civilly assessed $3,000 for the loss of two deer. In addition, his hunting license was revoked for 10 years.
Alfred Barragan was involved in three incidents, and was criminally fined $741 and civilly assessed $1,500 for loss of one deer. In addition, his hunting license was revoked for 10 years.
“Poachers are not hunters, they are thieves stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona,” Raul Vega, regional supervisor of Game and Fish in Tucson, said in the news release. “We will investigate and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of how long it takes to close them.”
Anyone with information about wildlife violations should call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700. The phone line is operational 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, and callers can remain anonymous.
Go to www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml to report a violation online.
Rewards of up to $8,000 are available for information leading to an arrest.