TWRA Officers Accused Of Illegal Bear Hunting

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- A state wildlife agency spokesman says an investigation is being carried out into whether agency officers hunted bear in a baited area.

A group of hunters in Blount County claims two Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers were among four men hunting illegally on Chilhowee Mountain early Wednesday.

TWRA spokesman Tom King said Thursday the agency's law enforcement supervisor for East Tennessee is investigating the reports and will turn over his findings to the district prosecutor.

With no charges filed, the agents' names weren't released.

The two men who reported the incident were arrested -- one for illegal hunting and one for interfering with police.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Ron Location: East,tn. on Sep 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM
    I think that the investigation should come directly from the Nashville office.Any alligations this serious should not be left up to the regional office. The T.W.R.A officers accused probley work under the regional office.
  • by Martha Location: West Knox on Sep 27, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    well now, arrest two of the men who reported the incident? And no arrests for the hunters allegedly doing the baited hunting? Information is either missing from this news account or something is terribly wrong with this picture.


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