LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two La Vergne men have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after poaching as many as 40 deer and taking photos and videos mocking the animals.
Video obtained by News 2 shows the two poachers, Densibel Calazada and Eddy Albert, in action.
Doug Markham with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency told News 2 this is one of the worst poaching cases he has seen in years.
“I have been at the agency for a long time and it ranks up there with severity and what these two guys did,” said Markham.
Markham told News 2 the two men settled outside of court and will have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
That’s because of a new law aimed at cracking down on poachers.
State Senator Jim Tracy drafted the legislation.
“The new law just puts a restitution there. If you’re caught killing an animal, and we have broken it down by the different kinds of animals, if they are convicted of killing an animal, they have to pay back that restitution,” said Senator Tracy.
Senator Tracy told News 2 the new fines ranges from $500 to $5,000.
“It’s long overdue and it might just be that it took this long for someone or for folks to see that this just keeps on happening. As many people as we arrest every year,” said Markham.