Tuesday, June 16, 2015

House subcommittee to look at Appalachian poaching sting in North Carolina, Georgia

House lawmakers will be in Waynesville, N.C., on Friday to look into the controversial Appalachian program, "Operation Something Bruin," a partnership between state and federal agencies to conduct undercover investigations into illegal activities involving bears and other wildlife in North Carolina and Georgia. (Operation Something Bruin photo: Illegal bear trap)

"In 2013, state and federal officials trumpeted the four-year-long operation after it found 900 violations of wildlife law and led to prison time for seven men," Kevin Bogardus reports for EnergyWire. "Since then, local media and state legislators have found discrepancies in what was reported at the time."

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations "will look into those recent findings that agents allegedly had entrapped hunters, invaded their privacy and confiscated property unrelated to the operation," Bogardus writes.

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