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Last Updated: 12/03/2013


Dome Deer poached while hauling wood
Dome Deer poached while hauling wood



CUBA – A Santo Domingo man that was convicted on Nov. 7 of poaching three deer was ordered to pay $1,938 in fines and penalties and serve 726 days of probation by Sandoval County Magistrate Court.  $1,500 of the fine will be a donation to Operation Game Thief.


Ryan Crespin, 39, was charged with three counts of unlawful hunting and fishing and three counts of unlawful possession of deer on Jan. 31 after a call from a concerned citizen to Operation Game Thief.  The report stated that while hauling wood out of the Dome area by Cochiti, two deer were shot unlawfully. After further investigation by Conservation Officer Shawn Carrell, it was determined that Ryan Crespin had killed the deer without a license.


 “Although none of the deer are considered trophies, they were still killed illegally without a valid license,” said Corporal Shawn Carrell. “This is a great example of a poacher trying to steal New Mexico’s wildlife while Operation Game Thief and the public work together to stop him.”


The Department encourages anyone with information about violations of New Mexico’s wildlife laws to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-GAME (4263), or to visit  Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards if information leads to charges being filed.