Northern California Man Fined for Poaching, Skinning 60 Bobcats, Foxes

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Nick Buckler recovered pelts from 60 poached bobcats and gray foxes. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to illegally poaching 60 bobcats and gray foxes for their pelts, snaring them in traps he set over 900 square miles in two counties, officials said.

Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland, south of Sacramento, was fined $5,000 and ordered to forfeit the pelts worth nearly $15,000, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday.

He was also banned from fishing, hunting and trapping or going with others on related trips for a year.

“The illegal commercialization of wildlife is second only to the illegal trade in drugs and guns for worldwide revenue,” Warden Nick Buckler said in a statement. “There will always be people willing to break laws and exploit wildlife to make money.”

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