Poaching Incident Raises Questions of Hunting Law Enforcement

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The shooting death last weekend of an Americus teen by an alleged poacher could fuel calls for more Kansas game wardens.

Authorities say 18-year-old Beau Arndt was hiding among decoys while hunting for geese when a person in a passing pickup fired a rifle bullet into the decoys, killing him.

Lyon County officials say the pickup's driver, a 57-year-old Topeka man, thought the decoys were real.

Shooting at geese with a rifle, firing from inside a vehicle and shooting onto private property are all illegal. The incident has some saying the state should do more to enforce hunting laws.

But the Department of Wildlife and Parks says it only has 70 game wardens. Without additional funding, authorities say they'll have to rely on the public helping spot and report illegal activity.


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