Department of Wildlife (NDOW) game wardens recently wrapped up a complicated year-long
investigation into the poaching of a large male black bear in the spring of
2017, resulting in formal charges being filed in Dayton Justice Court March 28 by
the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office.
After being alerted to the possible
unlawful killing of a large black bear in the Pine Nut Mountains near Dayton,
NV in February of 2017, game wardens began what was to become a nearly
year-long investigation into the matter. During the investigation wardens
uncovered information which suggested that Daniel Rubio, Eliseo Rubio Sr. and
Eliseo Rubio Jr. of Dayton, may have been involved with the unlawful shooting
and killing of the black bear, as well as unlawfully killing and possessing a
mule deer in addition to other wildlife crimes.
Enough evidence was produced to
charge the suspects with felony unlawful killing of a big game animal as well
as gross misdemeanor unlawful possession of a big game animal.
“This was a lengthy and complicated
investigation in which patience, persistence, and confidentiality were crucial
to the eventual success,” said Nevada Department of Wildlife Chief Game Warden
Tyler Turnipseed. “Key evidence in this case minimized our reliance on
additional information from the public or offering rewards while investigating
Based on the unique circumstances of
all poaching cases, game wardens investigate each case differently. In some
investigations, NDOW solicits information from the public and even offers
reward money for tips that lead to solving the case. In this investigation, the
suspects were identified from the beginning. NDOW law enforcement believes
their relatively quiet persistence in this case worked to their advantage.
“Not having media exposure during the investigation helped protect key
pieces of evidence,” said NDOW Game Warden Jake Kreamer. “Keeping things
confidential allowed us the time to conduct a very thorough investigation and
put together what we believe is a solid case.”
want to make it very clear that these individuals are not hunters. They did not
have big game tags, did not purchase hunting licenses, and are not hunters.
People like this are definitely not sportsmen," said Turnipseed.
is a global issue, and the impacts of a case like this go beyond Nevada. NDOW is
extremely grateful Nevada wardens were able to bring these poachers to justice
and highlight the tragic loss of wildlife that belongs to us all.
to any wildlife-related crime are encouraged to report information to Operation
Game Thief at (800) 992-3030.
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