Operation Dark Night Rounds Up 137 NY Poachers
New York's Department of Environmental Conservation recently wrapped up a coordinated effort to bust poachers spotlighting deer. The take down called "Operation Dark Night" occurred from October 1st through November 19th. The DemocratAndChronicle.com has a complete write up on the round up.
With any luck, "a strong message was sent that such illegal practices will not be tolerated," said Peter Fanelli, director of law enforcement for New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. During Operation Dark Night there were 10 instances of individuals arrested for killing a deer at night using an artificial light. But there were also 79 instances in which officers caught the poachers in the act of using a spotlight but made the arrest before the deer was shot.