McLennan County: Nope, you can’t keep it, game warden says

(Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept./file)
(Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept./file)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 6:45 PM CDT
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A McLennan County state game warden recently seized a bald eagle carcass from a man who picked it up off a roadway, and then wrote the man up for fooling with the dead bird in the first place.

It's of course illegal to kill a bald eagle in Texas, or anywhere else in this country, for that matter, and that's true with many species of protected birds and animals in Texas.

But if someone encounters a dead critter, if it is of a protected species, best course is leave it alone.

A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden assigned in McLennan County a few days ago was dispatched to a report of a bald eagle carcass lying in the middle of a roadway.

By the time the warden got to the spot, a TPWD news release says, the dead eagle was gone, but a little bit of investigation and after hearing from some aware nearby neighbors, the warden was able to identify a person he believed had taken the bald eagle carcass.

The officer located the suspect, who told the warden he had picked up the dead bird and left in on the riding lawnmower seat at a friends' house.

The warden was able to find the carcass and recover it, then issued citations to the man for illegally possessing and transporting a bald eagle, the resolution for which remained pending.

Grimes County game wardens recently arrested a man on two felony warrants for modifying documents related to the purchase of a boat.

A tip led wardens to investigate a transaction involving the sale and title on a boat which the informant said was misrepresented in the official bill of sale and the price paid for the boat was altered, as well.

The bill of sale, in a marine vessel transaction, is a state-mandated document that links the craft's title to the sale and owner and the price paid for the vessel is what the state sales tax is based upon, therefore inaccurate reporting in either case is a felony, tampering with a government document or forgery, or both.

The warden identified the purchaser and interviewed him about the purchase, during which he admitted he altered the state document and had forged signatures on the bill of sale and boat title.

The suspect is out on bond facing resolution of a 2nd degree felony for tampering and a 3rd degree felony forgery charge.

On April 1 on Lake Bastrop a boater was enjoying his first day out of jail when a run-in with a game warden had him back behind bars before the sun set again.

A Bastrop County game warden was on lake patrol when he stopped to assist a Lower Colorado River Authority Lake Ranger who was speaking with a large group of men about open container violations.

"The warden recognized a subject (among the group) who had a criminal trespassing warning in the park, and made contact with him," the TPWD news release says.

The warden's report shows the man claimed he did not have an identification card on him and gave a false name and date of birth, but did tell the warden he had just got out of jail that day.

The game warden notified Bastrop County sheriff's dispatch and found out the subject's true name and date of birth, then called his dispatch to confirm the trespassing warning.

"Once confirmed, the subject was arrested and taken back to jail for criminal trespassing and for giving false information," the news release says.