BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Texas game warden acted on a tip from a driver who told him he’d seen a man driving on Interstate 35 in Belton with two white-tailed deer fawns in his back seat.
The warden was able to locate the owner of the Toyota Prius, who eventually was arrested, and took custody of the two baby deer, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said in a press release.
The unidentified driver, who lives in Limestone County, was charged with what game laws call a “Triple T” Violation, which involves illegal trapping, transporting or transplanting a game animal without permit, a class B misdemeanor, and possession of a live game animal.
When the warden seized the two fawns he noticed one had a hole in its ear due to a missing ear tag.
“The driver admitted that he worked at a deer breeder facility in Dimmit County, and that he took both fawns (one from within the breeder facility without a valid permit and the other from outside the facility) without permission from the ranch manager,” the department said in the press release.
Wardens later contacted the ranch manager at the breeder facility and after interviewing him filed additional charges on the suspect for taking both deer without landowner consent.
Drifting while intoxicated
Shortly after sunset one Saturday in June while patrolling Lake Granbury, game wardens came upon a boat adrift on the water without the required navigation lights on and no occupants visible.
“As the wardens got closer, they observed two naked occupants onboard engaged in intimate activities,” the news release says.
“Recognizing they’d been spotted, the male occupant started the boat and began driving away despite numerous commands to stop.
“Once contact was made, both occupants were found to be highly intoxicated,” according to the release.
After wardens gave field sobriety tests, the boat driver was arrested for boating while intoxicated.
Rollin’ on the river
Then late one night, Coleman County game wardens responded to an emergency search and rescue call after two people were reported missing while kayaking the Colorado River.
The TPWD release says the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office was able to ping one of the kayakers’ phones and obtained an approximate location where they might be.
“Using the game wardens’ UAV search and rescue drone, wardens were able to locate the kayakers on a remote bank of the river at 1:30 a.m,” the release says.
The wardens hiked to the kayakers and guided them off the river.