Texas game wardens seize illegally hunted wildlife mounts, drugs

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Texas game wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies seize illegal mounts, drugs

Texas game wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at a residence over the weekend seized a collection of illegally taken wildlife mounts, a quantity of marijuana and $4,000 in cash.

The search began about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and a 55-year-old man was taken into custody, according to a news release.

During the search, game wardens recovered 52 mounts of animals believed to have been illegally taken in several states, more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and the cash. The taxidermy items are believed to have been hunted illegally in multiple states and Canada. Species include fish, white-tailed deer, Aoudad, assorted sheep, bear, boar, fox, bobcat and many other exotics, according to the release.

The search and subsequent arrest was the culmination of a six-month investigation that began after a hunting outfitter in Iowa became suspicious of a man driving a truck with Texas license plates. The investigation revealed identity theft and numerous documents forged under a false name.

The investigation continues and more charges are expected.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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