Did Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Poach Deer?

Published June 15, 2017

Authorities have charged four men in two separate video-taped incidents of deer poaching in late 2016 in and near the camp established on federal lands by the Dakota Access pipeline protesters in Morton County, North Dakota.

The state Game and Fish Department says charges of unlawful possession of big game have been filed and arrest warrants issued for men from New Hampshire and Idaho, and two men from New York.

In one incident, Sean Carney of Center Conway, New Hampshire and Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho were charged for skinning a deer they did not have a license to hunt or possess. In the second incident, William Larkin and William Bighorse, both of New York, were charged for allegedly dragging a whitetail deer from the Cannonball River, and killing it through a combination of stabbing it with a knife and then suffocating it in the mud.

The misdemeanor charges against the men are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., ([email protected]) is the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.