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DNR Chicago man illegally bought wildlife and sold to Chinatown markets

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A Chicago resident has been charged with illegally selling and buying wildlife, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

On Monday, conservation officers executed search warrants in Hamlet, Ind., at the Starke County property of Alexander Moy, 47, known as Kankakee Valley Fish Farm.

“Over a period of several months, Moy purchased and sold fish, turtles, raccoons, and whitetail deer,” DNR said. Seized as evidence on Monday were “various equipment and animal species used in the illegal operation.”

In 2011, conservation officers received complaints of Moy’s purchasing whitetail deer from members of the public. An investigation was begun and over a period of several months conservation officers “were able to document numerous wildlife sales” and establish that “Moy was actively reselling the wildlife to markets and restaurants in China-town in Chicago.”

Moy, if convicted, could face up to three years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines for each felony charge of the illegal selling of wildlife. He could also face additional wildlife replacement costs in excess of $10,000.

Conservation officers are continuing the investigation in conjunction with the Starke County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. More arrests could be pending, DNR said.

Anyone with information pertinent to this investigation--or to the illegal taking, possessing, or selling of wildlife--is urged to contact the DNR Law Enforcement Division. You may report any fish and game violation to your local conservation officer’s District Office or the IDNR Tip Hotline at (800) TIP-IDNR.

 

Posted 10/15/2013