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Gun-sniffing dog, blood splotch nab elk poachers
by Tribune Staff
Mar 30, 2012 | 419 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

CARSON CITY (AP) — Guilty pleas from a father and son for poaching two bull elk near the Nevada-Idaho line closed a yearlong investigation involving wildlife agencies from three states and high-tech forensics on frozen meat and blood splotches.

Larry and Marty Hall pleaded guilty March 19 to killing a bull elk without a tag. Each paid thousands of dollars in fines.

The case began Nov. 6, 2010, when game wardens say both men shot trophy-sized elk without a hunting tag and left one animal to rot.

Other hunters saw what happened and called authorities.

DNA analysis of frozen elk meat stored in household freezers and a blood sample lifted from a tire at Larry Hall’s home in Colorado helped solve the case.

Three others involved pleaded to lesser offenses and also were fined.
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