Repeat wildlife offender sentenced in Meigs County


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ATHENS — Travis Cundiff, 28, of Langsville, Ohio, was recently convicted of two hunting related charges and sentenced by the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

On Nov. 30, 2016, ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers Chris Gilkey and Dan Perko, along with Wildlife Investigator Travis Abele, were working a project in an area in Salem Township, Meigs County, which is owned by American Electric Power but leased to a hunting club. Numerous complaints of people poaching deer on the property have been reported. While they were in the area, the officers observed Cundiff shoot at a deer from the roadway. After the officers pulled over his truck, Cundiff was arrested. During the search of his vehicle, the officers discovered a pump shotgun, loose shotgun slugs, and hunting clothes and accessories on the front seat of the truck.

After appearing in the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas, Cundiff was found guilty of one felony count of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of shooting from a public roadway. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and court costs and was placed under five years of reporting probation and received five years of hunting license revocation. Violation of his probation would result in 18 months in prison and an additional six months in county jail. A 2001 Chevy 4×4 truck and a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun were forfeited to the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Cundiff is a known repeat offender with 20 previous wildlife related violations. He was one of the poachers convicted in “Operation Enough” in 2007 in which nine individuals from Meigs and Franklin counties were charged with 59 wildlife violations.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife encourages anyone observing or suspecting that wildlife violations are occurring to report illegal activity by calling the Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) hotline toll free at 1-800-POACHER (762-2437) or submitting information online at wildohio.gov. All information received by the TIP program will remain confidential.

Information submitted by ODNR.

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