DOVER, Del.- Agents with the DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement report that they made 552 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 75 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks, the week of Sept. 3 resulting in citations and arrests.
Agents said they responded to 49 complaints and issued 115 citations, two of which were associated with increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area (formerly the C&D Canal Wildlife Area) and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Incidents of particular note were:
On Sept. 2, Terry W. Toomy, 26, of Laurel, Del., was cited for possession of a live raccoon, trapping raccoon out of season, possession of an untagged trap and unlawful possession of a game animal at Ingrams Pond near Millsboro.
On Sept. 4, Mark A. Whalen, 27, of Millsboro, Del., was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and possession of unlawfully killed antlered deer at the Okie Preserve on Long Neck. Whalen was released on $1,100 unsecured bond following arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown. A trial is pending at a later date.
On Sept. 5, Garrett M. Blessing, 19, and Casey W. Gilmore, 20, both of Houston, Del., and Larry Watson, 30, of Lincoln, Del., were cited with one count each of hunting in a safety zone near an occupied dwelling on Canterbury Road.
On Sept. 6, Douglas R. Gordon, 43, of Georgetown, Del., was cited for tending over-the-limit recreational crab pots, operating an unregistered vessel, two counts of use of recreational crab pot without required turtle excluder and two counts of recreational crab pot tampering/tending crab pots belonging to another at Cupola Park boat ramp in Millsboro.
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