By Sharon Gay
The recent multi-agency investigation and convictions represents the most severe civil and criminal penalties ever associated with illegal hunting in the history of Yosemite National Park. The investigation was a joint effort with the California Department of Fish and Game In August of 2008.
California Fish and Game Wardens received an anonymous report via CalTip about suspected poaching activity in the Virginia Canyon area of Yosemite National Park. Based on this tip, the National Park Service (NPS) and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) opened a joint investigation.
As the investigation progressed, Chad Gierlich, his14-year old son, his brother Chris Gierlich, and Kyle Narasky were identified as suspects.
"Protection of our park's resources remains our first priority. It is our duty as stewards of the National Park Service to protect our natural resources for all Americans, and this includes our wildlife," said YosemiteNational Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. "The National Park Service will prosecute all poachers to the furthest extent possible.
I would like to thank the California Department of Fish and Game and Warden Chad Elliott, specifically, for their invaluable assistance."
“With dogged determination, Warden Elliott and National Park Service Rangers brought California’s most determined poachers to justice,” said Assistant Chief John Baker, of DFG’s Fresno office. More....