Some Wildlife Officials Upset With Shawnee County

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Some state wildlife officers are upset with what they call lax enforcement of poaching laws in Shawnee County.

Jason Sawyers, a wildlife department lieutenant, says those caught breaking hunting and fishing laws in the county often have their cases dismissed, or receive small fines. And he says poachers almost always get their guns returned.

He tells The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/NfeBAM ) people know that they won't be prosecuted for hunting or fishing violations in the county.

Lee McGowan, spokesman for current District Attorney Chad Taylor, says Taylor's administration has improved on previous administrations' enforcement of hunting and fishing laws.

Sawyers said lax prosecution of wildlife and parks violations have been a problem throughout his 14-year tenure. But he says fines have fallen again recently.


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