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Case Closed: Game Wardens received information from observant landowners and sportsmen in Rooks County last fall. The suspects paid $2,324.00 in fines and their hunting privileges were suspended. The charges included: take deer without permit, take deer in closed season, hunt from a vehicle and hunt without written permission. K9 Game Warden Brooke would like to thank the Rooks County landowners and sportsmen for reporting these wildlife violations. #WeWorkForYou #JusticeForSportsman #ksgamewardens

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Texas Game Wardens and NOAA conducted a joint operation last week at several ports of entry from Mexico into Texas. Game Wardens filed a total of 52 citations and seized 255 undersized red snapper from individuals attempting to bring them illegally into Texas. It is likely that some of these undersized fish may have been caught in Texas waters by commercial fishing vessels from Mexico. The undersized fish are then sold to fish dealers in Mexico and smuggled into Texas.

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HELP FIND WILDFIRE ARSONISTS: Multiple local, county, state, and federal agencies -- including MDC -- responded last week to the Rozell Fire Incident within the Ava/Cassville/ Willow Springs Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest. Even with the overwhelming response and the quick containment of the fire, close to 2,000 acres burned along with one residence. Investigators found multiple ignition sights where these fires began so it is being investigated as possible arson. If you have any information, please contact the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, or the Operation Game Thief/Operation Forest Arson Hotline at 1-800-392-1111. -- Joe@MDC

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**************URGENT ***********

The following is a statement issued by the PUBLIC Health Organization (PHO). This statement pertains especially to those people who are children, adolescents, adults, elderly, women who are pregnant or those women who may become pregnant!!

*******CAUTION LEVEL High*******

Due to the extreme temperature fluctuations over the last couple of weeks, naturally occurring lake turnover has significantly been affected in some areas causing an absence of thermocline in the water. This may cause toxic levels of hypolimnion and O2 in fish and significant lower levels of epilimnion and PH in water.

Fish during this period (especially crappie and walleye) may incline to decline, from the lack of recline, from no thermocline, causing this current public health alert!

Anyone catching and possessing these fish during this time for consumption are encouraged to have ALL fish tested.

In addition, when compared to other similar public health concerns, careful and proper handling and cleaning of fish is highly recommended!!!

Cleaned fish should be marked, bagged, frozen and then submitted to the nearest Conservation Agent for testing and consumption.

The public will be notified of their testing results ASAP but results time may vary depending on the amount of time needed to obtain enough fish to complete the proper testing size.

********* Warning**********

Those wanting to determine the health status of their own fish is highly discouraged and should be done only under close adult supervision and at your own risk.

Symptoms of not enough recline in fish can only be determined after flour, corn meal, and hot oil are applied for approximately 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees.

Symptoms to look out for include ALL fish that appear to "curl" or turn “golden brown" once the heating method is applied. Infected fish with the lack of recline should NOT BE CONSUMED but instead be dropped off at the nearest MDC OFFICE for immediate disposal along with salt, pepper, fries, possibly some Morel mushrooms, and some Tabasco or Texas Pete.

We at the PHO are determined and dedicated to YOUR public health. We will continue to monitor the situation and will let the public know when conditions have improved in order to remove the current health warning. We thank you for your support and cooperation during this latest public health crisis.
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